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Vol. i. Ipswich, Mass. January, 1899. No. 1 


■ A growing interest in genealogy long ago demonstrated the great value w 
the printed vital statistics of* an old town like Ipswich would possess. Bearing this 
fact in mind the publisher.-, this month commence the printing of the births, bap- 
tisms, marriages and deaths of this town, just as they appear in the record books at 

the town clerk's office. A complete and careful copy will be made, and an in 
' at the end of each volume of the magazine will bring within the reach of ever) 
I a convenient and invaluable fund of genealogical information, obtainable nowhere 

else except at the Ipswich town house. Libraries, Historical Societies, and gci •- 
i alogisis are requested to send subscriptions tor "Old Ipswich'" at an early date, for 
p of necessity the edition must be limited somewhat to the demand. 

BIRTHS 1664—1685 

1664 — Surah, daughter to Mr. Samuel Thos., son to .Mr, Thos. and Elis- 

and Sarah Rogers, borne Oct? 14. abeth Wade, was borne Decen 

hj6; — -John, son to Mr. Samuel and ye 15th. 

Surah Rogers, borne Aprill 29. '674 — John, son to Mr. Thos. and 
t< Suffana, daughter to Mr. Samuel Elisabeth Wade, was borne Fe 

and Sarah Rogers, borne mee 17, 15th. 

1-66 (*) 167;— Margaret, daughter to Mr. Sam- 
1668 — Martha, daughter to William "uel and Sarah Rogers, borne Oct c 

and Martha Durgie, borne Augst. ( 24. 

1 67c — )athaniel, son to William and Nathaniel, son to Samuel and Ruth 

H.nah Goodhue, borne Sbr 24, Ingals, borne Febr. 9. 

16- ( James, son to Obadiah and Hasel- 

)()- 1 — Jonathan* son to Mr. Samuel and elponij ^ ood iva: b< rne |une ve 5th 

Sarah Rogers, borne March 24, 1676 — Joseph, son to William and 

1 167°! Hanah Goodhue, borne March ith. 

1672 — Mary, daughter to Mr. Samuel 1677 — William, son to Mr. Thos. anc 

Roger.-, borne Sept. 10, 1672. Elizabeth Wade, was borne A: 

Jonathan, son to Mr. Thos. and ye 20th, 

Elisabeth Wade, borne May ye 1st 1 67 S — Thomas, son to Thomas and 
1673 — Hannah, daughter to William Anna Marshall, borne Deer 3 

and Hannah Goodhue, borne Jul; Francis, son to William and Hanah 

4m, 1673. ' • ( i ood line b>>rnc Ocl 

'■ i h< early recorJs in man) places have become torn. The otnissi .1 - 'i e< e - ... - becau e of 1 •.. ire ma k -: 
by ihc parenthesis. -- !0.. 


1678 — EHfsabeth daughter to Mr. Sa- 
mell, and Sar;ih Rogers, borne Oc- 
tob 1 (Nathll., son to Mr. Thos. 
and Elisabeth Wade, was borne 
Decembr. ye 1 ; ( 

1679--— )ee, son to Joseph and Mar) 
Lee, born 17 th Octor. 
Old Mr. Tilton, children, Abi- 

gaile da to Abraham Tilton Sene 
borne April! 1, 1679. 

1680 — Anna, daughter to Thomas and 
Anna Marshall, borne Augusi 27, 

Elisabeth, daughter to. William and 
Hannah Goodhue, borne Dee. 19, 

Benanj, sun to Sarah Lambert, 
borne Sept. 29, — l68o( 
Sarah, daughter to William and 
Sarah Butler, borne Juh 23, r 6S( 
Joseph Lee, son to Joseph and Man 
Lee, born Octor 16. 

I'68'I — Abigail, daughter to Mr. Samuel 
and Sarah Rogers, borne July ;. 
EHfsabeth, daughter to Edmand and 
Abigail Potter, borne Apr. [4. 
Agnus, daughter to (die, and Ag- 
nus Cowes, borne Aprill ye 6st 
Sarah, dauuhrr to Samuel and Sarah 


■e 20th dz\ 

Abiall, son to Thomas and Ann 

Marshall, borne [uly 3d. 

Mary, daughter to Jo ;ej h an 

Mar_\- Lee, born July 1 4. 
Eliezar, son to Peter and Mar 
Lurvey, b >ru March 6, 16 
Nathaniel, son of Jan I Mai 

xFuller, born February itfth. 

1683 — Edmond, son to Edmond ai 
Abigail Potter, borne June tl e i.y I 

Sarah, daughter to John an J Fn 
eees Sherriu, borne Octobr ~ti 

Joshua, son to Joseph and Ruth [e\ 
ett borne August 26. 
John, son to John and Margare 
Cogjwcll, borne Sert 6. 
Mary, daughter to Joseph ai 
Mary Eveleth, borne 9br 1 3. 
Edward Lumus, son to fonath; 
and Elifsabeth Lumus,borne 9br 2 
Edward, son to Thomas and LI 
sabeth Wade, b)rne May 15th. 
Margery, d.i-\.-'\<:rr to William a 
Hauah Goodhue, borne Aug; . 1 
Sand'., son to Edward and Mar; 
Stephens, borne May l/th, 16 
William, son to Giles and Agi 
Cowes, borne Augusi ye 1 2th. 
Stephen, son of Mr. Abrahama 
Hannah Perkins, born June- — 10 

168 Sarnull, son to s Abrah Till 

born Aprill [4, i6S( . 

1672 — Rebecca, Da to s Abram Tilt 
b ".: Mar 8. 

[anrv anno Dom. 

■William, son of Francis m>>\ Alice 

Uvinc, was born August the 5th, 

anno Domini. 

Elisabeth, Mr. Thos 

and Elisabeth Wade, U'as I .me 1 68 3— Man , Da to s Abrah Til 

August ye 7th. born Augst 8, 1683. 

1682- Abigail, dau hrer to Sarin cl and 1084 — John, son to Nathan and M; 

loanna Graues, borne Febr 1 nh i6j Rust, borne Jul) the 9th. 

Thomas, son to William and Sarah Hannah, daughr to Daniel - 

Butler, b. n : S pt. i Jfh. Hannah Range, borne June ; 

Ralph, son to William and •'. ah Ruth, daughter to John and R 

Butler, borne Scj •. 1 5. Denison, borne August 9 h. 

Mathew, v n to J hn and Man Ebenezer, son to Samuel and — 

Annable. borne Febr .:^. Knowlton, borne [une 18th. 



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1684 — SufYanna, daughter to Elihu and 
Elifabeth Wardall, borne Augst 19. 
Hannah, daughter to Nathaniel and 
Hanah Warner, borne AugSt 28. 
Nathaniel, son to Nathaniel and 
Martha Tuckerman, borne Sept. 9. 
John, son to Mr. Robert and Elis- 
abeth Paine, borne October 24. 
Jonathan, son to Jonathan and Elis- 
abeth Lumas, borne Octobr, 25. 
.i Mary,, daughter to Samuel and 
• Martha Smith, borne Octob. 26. 
Elisabeths daughter to -Peter and 
Abigail Marshall borne 8 br 29. 
Robert, son to John and An Stark- 
weather, borne Nouemr 1 2. 
Jcse, son Mr. Samuel] and Mary 
Appleton, borne Nouembr 30. 
Marv dapohter i-n fohr* and Mary 
Annable, borne Decemb. "th. * 
Luce, daughter to Mr. John and 
Elisabeth Wainwright, borne Dee. 
13 th. 

Sussanna, daughter to John and 
Dina Rogers, borne Decemb 15. 
Dorrathv, daughter to James and 
Mary Fuller, borne Decemb. 18. 
Mary, daughter to facob and Abi- 
gail Foster, borne Decemb. 25. 
Elisabeth, daughter to Will and 
Elisabeth Chapman, borne 9b 29. 
John, son to Phillip and Elisabeth 
Fowler, borne January 1 2. 
Mary, daughter to Samuel and 
Grace Moses, borne January 15. 
Robert, son to James and Sussanna 
Day, borne January 17. 
Stephen, son to Timothy and Deb- 
orah Pearly, borne June 1 5. 
Daniel, son to Joseph and Abigail 
Browne, borne January 1st. 
Benjamin, son to Benjamin and 
Prudence Marshall, borne Noueb. 


Nathaniel, son to John and Elisa- 
beth Hodgin, borne January 29. 


Thomas, son to John and Hannah 

Groue, borne Febr. the 20. 

:\hir\ , daughter to Samuel and 

Joana Graues, borne Febr. 18. 
Zecharian, son to Seth and Elisa- 
beth Story, borne March 14. 
Abigail, daughter to James an. J Elis- 
abeth Gidings, borne January ^. 
Elisabeth, daughter to John (andj 
[udith Andrews, borne March 7. 
Elisabeth, daughter to William and 
Margaret Andrews, borne 11:15. 
Samuel, sou to John and Martha 
Lamson, borne February 25. 
Margaret, daughter to Samuel and 
Mary Wood, borne Mich 20. 
Allis, daughter to George and Allis 
Stimson, borne Febr. 18. 

T?.~U ,U- 

lUtll I l_ 

jaiiiei ana 
borne March the 

Sarah Coleman 


Robert, son to Robert and Abigail 

Eord, borne March 6. 

All the above returned to Court. 
Ann, daughter to Joseph and Mary 
Lord M«y if-. 

1685 — Sarah, daughter to Isaack and 
Hanah Perkins, borne March 28, 



imam an< 


John, son 
Goodhue, borne August 12th, 

Mary, daughter to Mr. John and 
Mrs. Abigail Wise, borne May the 
1 2. 

Mary, daughter to Edward and 
Martha Stephens, borne 26, June 

Francis, son of Francis and Alice 
Uvine, was born August ye 16th 
an Dom. i68( 

William, son to Mr. John and Mar- 
garet Stamford, borne April 6, i68( 
Mary, daughr to Peter and Mar) 
Survey, borne March 10, i68( 


1685 — Eliczar, son of Isaac Foster, born 
Aprill — , l68( 

1865 — )avid, son to Benedictus and 

[* j Susana Pulsiter, borne Septr v.e zjth. 
Lawrence, son to Samuel and Han- 
ah Giddings, borne March 30th. 

Nathaniel, son to Nathaniel and 
Judith Perkins, borne March 31. 
John, son to John and Sarah Shatts- 
well, borne Aprill 3. 

^^ Joseph, son to Samull and Ruth 
Chapman, borne Aprill 6, . I 6 S ( 
John, son to Thomas and Sussanna 
Dow, borne Aprill 24, 1 6 S 
Debora, daughter to Samuel and 
Mary Dodg. borne Aprill [6. 
Dauid, son to Samucll and Joanna 
Potter borne March ?r . 
Margaret, daughter to John and 

1 Esther Harris, borne May 2 2d. 

John, son to John and Elisabeth 
Chote, borne May the 28.. 
James, son Co Nathaniel and Judith 
Browne, borne June fst* 
Mesheck, son to Meshed* Farley 
and Sarah his wife, borne June 10. 
Sarah, daughter to William and 
Sarah \\vw T . y borne June 6. 
Daniel, son to Simon and Elisabeth 
Wood, borne June I 2. 
Mary, daughter to John and Hanah 
Browne, borne July 5. 
Elisabeth, daughter to Samuel! and 
and Hannah Perkins, borne June 13. 
M>arah, daughter to Sarah j...: Roger 
Ringe, borne fime 28. 
Mary, daughter : - Samuel and 
Mary Pcarce, home fuh 1 1. 
Joseph, son :^ Richard and Hannah 
Smith, borne |uh 16, it t»i 
Hannah, daughter ; j >hh ind Dor. Low, borne Ju3i 1 ;. l6« 
Samuel, son to San uel .1.: d 
Woods, borne Jul) « >, 1* - 
Hannah, daughter to R«>i en >m.\ 
Abigail Lord, borne J i!V 1 >*. 

[685 — Ebenczer, son to Joseph and R. 

chell Goodhue, borne Jul}- 25. 
Ebene/er, son to Abraham ai 
Margarett Ficts, b irnc ^ugst ;, 1 
Sarah, daughter to foseph and S 
rah Avers, borne Augst $,( 
Mary, daughter to Robert an 
Man Cotes, borne August zg 
Kathrine, daughter to John at 
Kathrine Whipple, borne Augst 1 
Ruth, daughter to Mr. Simon at 
Sarah Tuttell, borne August [6, 
Nathaniel, son to Edmond ai 
Elisabeth Heard, borne Sept. is 

Elisabeth, daughter to Epraim ai 
Ann Fellows, borne Sept. 14, \( 
John, son to Mr. Samuel and Esth 
liisliop, boilicocpt. 2.0 tii, i6{ 
Sarah, daughter to |ohn and Sar. 
Knowlton, borne Sept. 19, i6( 
Mary, daughter to John and Elis 
beth Smith, borne Sept 27, 16 
Samuel, son to William and Tal 

•d, b 


hatha Hay ware 


William, son to Samuel and Deb ■ 
Searie, bom October 16, 16-: 
Mary, daughter to Thomas ai 
NLiddca Burnam, borne October 1 
Hannah, daughter tO foseph ai 
Mary Eueleth, borne Octo. 1st, \ ( 
facob, son to Joseph and Rel 
Medcalf, borne June 8th, 16 
Sarah, daughter to foseph and Ru; 
Fellows, borne May 17th, 16; 
Jane, daughter to Samueii and Ah 
gall Dutch, borne Augst 14. ,16 
Joseph, son to Thomas and Estl 
Smith, borne Sept the 211 
Elisabeth and Hannah, daughters 
Joseph and Ruth fewett-, borne 
Ruth, daughter to fohn and Mar 
Ayers, borne gbr the :: 
Samuell, son to Mr. Thomas a 
Elisabeth Wade, borne Decembn 


1 68 5 — John, son to Peter and Abigail 

Marshall, borne Nouemberf 

Sarah, daughter to John and Sarah 

Potter, borne Deeembr. ( 

John, son to Nathaniel and Debora 

Knowlton, borne De( 

Abraham, son Abraham and Hannah 

Perkins, borne ( 

Jonathan, son to John and Elisa- 

beth Jeivett, borne Y)( 
Caleb, son to Caleb and Mary 
Bov nton, borne D( 
Joseph, soil to Xehemiah and Exer- 
cise Jcwert, borne( 
Mary, daughter to Mr. John and 
Margaret Cogswell, bor( 
Sarah, daughter to Th ( )Mar( 


We print below as interesting matter, a general order issued by Brigadier Gen- 
eral fames Appleton, just eighty years ago, which seems of special interest in view of 
the present occasion of the institution of the citizen-soldier as opposed to 
the idea of a standing army. The copy was made for "Old Ipswich"' by Mr. Ap- 
pleton Morgan, vice president of the "General Society of the War of 1812, in 
the United States," who is writing Gen. Appleton's military history: 

Gloucester, Oct. \z, 1818. 

The Brigadier General has the pleasure of announcing to Col. Haskell and 
through him to the officers and soldiers under his command the gratification he has 
experienced in observing the good appearance of the Second Regiment, and tha* 
correctness of discipline that has distinguished the exercises of the dav: and he is 
happy to remark that great improvement has been made since the last Autumn:. I 
Review- and Inspection. 

He has noticed the fine appearance of the Gloucester Artillery under com- 
mand or Captain Beach, and Colonel Haskell is requested to communicate to Cap- 
tain Beach the thanks of the Brigadier General for his promptitude in attending to 
the duties and orders of the day, and also to Captain Goss and Captain Patch for 
the attention bestowed on their. Light Companies and also to the Commanders of 
the several companies or the Line for their unusual promptitude and military appear- 

It is contemplated by our system of Government to rest the defense of the 
nation principally with the Citizen — Soldier. Our militia establishments then are 
interesting and important, since they are a part of our government. The expense 
and labour neces>ary to carry into effect the provisions of the military law are there- 
fore due, not less to our excellent constitution than to the soldier himself to whom 
is entrusted the post of honour, and the defense of those institutions which remain 


as monuments ot the valour and wisdom of our ancestors. Opposition to the m 
tia establishment indicates a disaffection to the present system of government tha 
exceeded only by the thoughtlessness and ignorance of those from whom it emanat 

Altho' at the present time peace generally prevails, we are not at lit 
lay aside the use of arms. It is a maxim of sound policy to be prepared for a 
hostile exigency. 

To you, gentlemen, is committed an important and honorable trust, in the c 
charge of which an unyielding attention to discipline is indispensible aud your revv; 
will be the proud consciousness of doing your duty and of contributing bv vour p 
sonal services to the strength and security of our beloved country. 
By order of 

James Appleton, Brig. General, I Brig z Div. 

John Smith, Jr., Brigade Major and Inspector. 
Col. Haskell. 



This name is used to include a tract bounded by Egypt river southeast, by t 
land called Bull Brook pasture southwest, and the Rowley line as it was for a ce 
tury and a half upon the other sides. 

Egvpt river was sometimes called the North river; sometimes, as Mr. Wat; 
informs me, the river Abeth. The present name, however, prevailed from the b 
ginning, and under that appellation the stream is one of our landmarks. 

The first of these grams was made to Robert Muzzey in 1634. It was call 
one hundred acres, but as in many other cases the measurement was verv liber; 
and included not less than one hundred twenty-five. Its boundaries were Egy 
river southeast; a line near the northerly side pi the present highway southwest; 
line running over Muzzey Hill northwest, and the stone wall behind the hill nort 
east. After the laying out of the present highway in 1640, Robert Muzzey acid 
to this grant a small triangular piece which the new road had cut off from the da: 
of John Gage, next rhe bridge and opposite the pumping station. 

This worthy grantee died in his prime, having willed the farm to his s< 
Joseph, except twenty acres given to his son Benjamin in that corner of the fat 
which is opposite the station. Benjamin soon sold his twenty acres to Joseph. B 

♦This installment is reprinted from the sample number of "The Antiquarian," published by Mr. M. V. 
Pertey, in order that all subscribers may have the bener.: ofthe complete article. 


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Joseph, it may be by reason of the debt thus incurred, lost nine acres in the easter- 
ly corner of the farm, which were taken on execution by John Bradstreet. In 
1621, moreover, it was ordered that "John Gage and Robert Lord shall apoynt a 
wave for Marke Svmonds his farm through Joseph Musye his tarme, which was 
done." These matters appear to have led him to sell his farm in Ipswich. He 
removed to Newbury, took a grant upon the Merrimack River and there remained, 
with several generations of substantial descendants, after him. 

Joseph Jewett, the trader of the Rowley settlement, was the new purchaser. 
He located there his eldest son Jeremiah and left it to him by will. Jeremiah 
deeded to his son Ephraim, May 12, 1704, about two-thirds of the place, sub- 
stantially that part which I now own. From Ephraim Jewett it passed by inheri- 
tance to Nathaniel Smith, sometimes called Shimmerydiah, who added by pur- 
chase from the heirs of Captain Moses Davis the nine acres which had been de- 
tached by John Bradstreet about one hundred and twenty years before. Nathaniel 
Smith sold it April 10, 1790, to Daniel Nourse, of Boxford, in whose family it 

In making the deed to his son Ephraim, above mentioned Jeremiah Jewett re- 
ferred to the remainder of his farm as "lands of my son Jeremiah." Jeremiah 
(the son) willed to his only son Aaron "the remainder of house and barn," about 
forty acres of land, with entail to Aaron's son Moses, "but if said Moses die with- 
out heirs, then to the rest of Aaron's children." This Moses became Captain 
Moses Jewett, who left numerous descendants, some of whom are now living in the 
Village and are in possession of parts of his farm. 

By means of four purchases between the dates Sept. 23, 1763, and May 8, 
1 77 1, Captain Moses Jewett added to his homestead a tract extending therefrom to 
the Rowlev line. The original grant of this tract is included in a grant made to 
Thomas Emerson in 1638 of "64 acres adjoining Goodman Muzzey's farm and 16 
acres of medow as near as may be found." There are some indications that this 
grant was relinquished by Emerson. Whether it was so or not, on the 20th 10 
month, 1653, Steven Jordan conveyed to John Pickard 25 acres (with the usual 
margin) "having Edward Chapman's land on the northeast end, Mussies farm on 
southeast, and the other end and side on highway and line." John Pickard, like 
Joseph Jewett, was one of the Rowlev settlers, who owned land and lived just over 
the line near the residence of Mr. D. H. Hale. In 171 5 and again in 17 24 this 
land was in possession of Doctor Samuel Wallis and his wife. When sold to Captain 
Moses Jewett the sellers were Samuel Smith of Sudbury, Wallis Rust, Moses 
Smith Jr., and Samuel Rust, all of whom probably came into possession of it by in- 


The fact that measurements of three of these purchases on the highway am 

the opposite ends are given enables us to fix very closely the northwesterly hoi 
ary of the Mu/./.cy grant. It ran from the highway in the hollow west from 
Boynton house straight over the crest of the hill probably on the line of 

which now stands on the top, and serves as a part of the division line between 1; 
of thejewetts and Oliver A. Bailey. 

The original house, or "mansion-house" upon the Muzzey farm was loc 
near a spring fur back from the present highway, but in all probability near 
"old path to Newbury." It was two-storied on one end, one on the other 
lasted about one hundred and forty years. The old mansion having been strar. 
by the change in location of the highway, the second house was built on the p 
in view of the road. This house was roomy, but being barnlike and planted in 
ground, lasted only about forty years, and gave way zo the house which I now 

The Boynton house which is also upon this grant is said to have been built 
Captain Moses Jewett about I'^o. ir so, it appears from the will ot Jeremi 
the second above mentioned, to have supplanted a former structure occupied by 
and his son Aaron, the father of the captain. 

The Gate house further -up the road is not as old as its exterior indicates. 
deed from Moses Jewett to Aaron dated April 6, 1792, refers to it as "the he 
which said Aaron has built.'-' 

It should be noticed here that in 1643 the committee appointed to lav t 
Emerson's farm reported to the town that they left two rods "between it and 
line that runs between Rowley and us for a highway for those farms that are s 
from the common." We find in i\\c Rowley f&cords also, on page 44 as print 
that there was granted "to Mr. Thomas Nelson six acres of land a r 
ifarme called Manning's ffarme, bounded on the Northeast side by John Cr 
rfarme, the Northwest end by the land left for. a highway joining vpon R 
bounds." And in an agreement between Thomas Hammond and others, July 
1715, we find: 

"Whereas there is a highway laid from the country road through a part 
Pickard and Wallis' lands, and so along near to said Hammond's now dwell 
house, said Thomas agrees that he will not ask for the way to be kept as open re 
on condition that said Pickard and \\ allis will allow him to pass from his 
through their land near the • th idc nt their orchard into the country road." 

A similar reservation was made against the Gloucester boundarv, and is 
'erred to in a not ven .: etii ■':■ lescripti) n of the "School Farm," as leased to [o 
Cogswell 'recorded in Aug it, 1690 •: 




On Wednesday, October 19th, the work of repair and res-oration being well 
completed, t'ne Ipswich Historical Society dedicated its new home. The old land- 
mark, known to many as the Saltonstall house, had undergone a wonderful 
transformation without and within. Fresh clapboards and shingles, new wood dex- 
terously inserted in the decayed spots of the ancient beams, diamond pancd win- 
dows of the original low and broad shape, and a final coat of dark stain had made 
a verv attractive exterior and brought into bold relief the quaint and striking archi- 

Within, the partitions that divided the great rooms into two and even three 
apartments had been removed ; the great fire-places had been restored ; the modern 
ceilings had been torn away disclosing the original oak Moor joists, and the original 
plastering in the chambers ; the great beams had been scraped and oiled, and the 
stately rooms had been brought back, so tar as possible to their original dignity. 

In the west room on the lower floor the library of the Society and its cabinet 
of china and heirlooms have been permanently established. A fine oak chest loaned 
bv Mr. D. F. Appleton, an ancient piano loaned by Mrs. Charles Tuckerman, 
antique chairs, pictures, and two great bronze candelabra contributed to make a 
very pleasing appearance. 

The east room has been furnished as a kitchen. Its capacious fire-place was 
equipped with ancient cooking utensils and made bright and cheery with a roaring 
lire. Pewter platters and ancient fire-arms adorned the walls. The spinning 
wheels and cheese press and churn were in place, and the fine old hundred-legged 
table occupied the center. 

The west chamber was becomingly arranged as a bed room, with a canop\ 
bed made up with ancient bed furnishings, old family chests, cradle and lightstand. 
A collection of water color pictures of the old houses of the town loaned by the 
artist, Mr. Walter Paris, of Washington, attracted much attention here. 

The great east chamber was reserved for the dedicatory exercises, and despite 
the pouring rain, a notable gathering assembled there. The Essex Institute, of 
Salem, sent a goodly delegation including the President, Hon. R. S. Rantoul, the 
Secretary and Prof. Edwin S. Morse. The Danvers, Beverly, Methuen, Essex 
and Gloucester Historical Societies were represented. Conspicuous among the 
townsfolk were Mrs. Elizabeth K. Gray, who wore her grandmother's wedding 
dress in honor of the occasion, and Mr. Aaron Kinsman, hale and heartv and 
ninety-four, who trained in the [pswich troop when it escorted 1 .a Favette to Ips- 
wich August 51,1 824. 

The President called to order and spoke as follows : 


Members of the Ipswich Historical Society, representatives of other Historical 

Ladies and Gentlemen: We are met here today to dedicate to the use of oar 
Historical Society this ancient house. As President Lincoln said at Gettysi iirg, we 
may well feel that we can bring no honor to it by anything that we can say or do 
here. The old home that has sheltered seven generations of men has won tor itself 
peculiar sanctity. Within these walls the great events in the drama of lire have 
been enacted. There have been births and deaths, weddings and funerals, the 
sorrows of parting, the joys of home coming, the manifold toil of multitudes. The 
hopes and fears and disappointments of the dwellers within these rooms have filled 
them with tender memories. The whirr of Polly Crafts' loom seems to sound 
again in this very room, where she gained a slender livelihood by weaving towels 
and coarse fabrics, symbolic of the wearing and patient industry which was the most 
conspicuous feature of the home life of the past. 

It is a link that binds us to the remote Past and to a solemn and earnest man- 
ner of living, quite in contrast with much in our modern life. How long it is since 
those w r ho planned to build this mansion went up and down the forests to select the 
grand old oaks and stately pines which should be felled to make these beams! How 
much of loving toil was spent before they were shaped and carved and fitted! How 
long the smith forged at his anvil before the nails and hinges were finished. The 
open panel yonder shows how thoroughly they built, filling every space between 
the studs with bricks and clav. Whether it was because they feared Indian assault, 
— for fear of Indian assault was never wholly absent for many years after these 
stout walls were reared, — and built thus securely, or because they sought to keep 
out the biting cold of winter, I cannot affirm, but we must admire the solidity of 
their work. 

I am often asked how old the house is. I cannot reply definitely. We are 

I sure John Whipple was living on this spot* in 1642 and probably in 1638, but 

whether any portion of this building could have been erected within nine years 

from the wilderness period is open to serious doubt. It seems probable that the 

oldest portion was built not far from the middle of the seventeenth century. 

How many men of fine quality have come here! John Norton, the great 
light or the Ipswich church who went from here in 1655, to become the famous 
pastor of the Old South church in Boston, may have come often. We may feel 
almost sure that William Hubbard, Pastor, and Historian of the Indian wars, Thos. 
Cobbett, and the famous Rogerses, and everv other of the old time ministers found 
pleasant greeting, for the Whipples and Crockers were a godly race, and remem- 
brance still survives of prayer meetings in good Deacon Crocker's time. 


(Jen. Denison in his young manhood dwelt on the adjoining lot; and in his 
maturer vears no doubt came to see the old neighbors and friends; and Major Sam- 
uel Appleron, the hero of King Philip's War played here in his boyhood, tor his 
father's lands touched these on the west. Symonds and Saltonstall, John Apple- 
ton and his famous co-patriots of 1687, and many another warmed themselves before 
the great fires, and made themselves comfortable. Inl ater days the revolutionary 
soldier Col. Hodgkins lived here and died in the parlor below, in a press bed as 
his granddaughter remembers. 

We have done our best to restore the house to its ancient style. We have 
adhered slavishly to the original. These doors and hinges and wooden latches, 
these great fire-places are all of the olden kind. Later hands had rebuilt the fire- 
places, and constructed ovens, within their original bounds, but because they were 
built subsequently, we have removed them and gone back to the primitive shape. 
These new windows we are sure are of the same size and in the very place occupied 
by the original ; and two old people, who came often to the house in their childhood, 
remember windows, which had the diamond panes. 

Of relicts we have as you see, not a few. Chief among them we reckon, on 
this 19th day of October, the anniversary of the surrender of Cornwallis at York- 
town, which is being observed as La Fayette Day up and down our land, the horse- 
pistol and sabre worn by a member of the Ipswich troop in escorting La Favette to 
town on the 31st of August, 1824, and the tumbler from which the Marquis drank 
at the banquet ; and better than that, we have with us in good health and strength, 
the old soldier himself, who wore these accoutrements on that day, now in his 
ninety-fourth year, Mr. Aaron Kinsman. I want to ask Mr. Kinsman to rise 
that all may see him, and will all arise to receive him with due honor. 

I will not weary you, however, for I wish to call upon the Pastor of the Old 
First Church, the successor of Norton and Flubbard and all the rest, Rev. Mr. 
Constant, to offer prayer, in this room where prayer has been wont to be made so 
many times in the past. 

Prayer was then offered by Mr. Constant. 

The following lines bv Mr. Samuel R. Bond of Washington, who lived in 
the old house in his boyhood, were read by Mr. John H. Cogswell: 

"This ancient house to dedicate we meet, 

As our new home, in this unique retreat; 
Firm has it stood, two hundred years and more, 

So staunchly built those ancestors of yore. 
What visions rise, what thoughts our minds invade. 

Of stalwart men, who its foundations laid! 
Laid the foundations of our nation too, — 

Brave men, who "buildcd better than thev knew." 



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Our purpose ia in keeping with this though!; 

To learn, preserve an J treasure what they wrought, 
To keep alive the spirit of their deeds, 

And hold in tasting m< mor> their meed:;. 
If" built bv Whipple or by Saltonstall, 

Can make but little difference after all: 
The type for which it stand: is still the same, 

And character survives without a name. 


The dedicatory address was then delivered bv Rev. John C. Kimball, of 
Hartford, Conn., who was introduced as "another boy of the neighborhood." H 
spoke as follows: — 

What constitutes the value of an old house like this that we have met here t< - 
dav to dedicate to a continued existence, and why should the people of Ipswich ar 
elsewhere be asked to contribute their money and their sympathy to its restorati 
and preservation? \\ hy not let it go on to completed ruin, and use our monev , 
put up a new, modern, stylish building which would be architecturally an orn - 
ment to the town and have spacious and convenient rooms for the uses of our Hi 
torical Society? Is not a return of dust to dust the law of nature with regard to ; 
old things, — old plants, old animals, old men, old institutions, and even old reli 
ions? And is not what we are doing to this old building something which !_- 
counter alike to nature and to plain business common sense: In one of Scot! - 
novels is an antiquarian, a clergyman, if I remember correctly, who spends a go. 
deal of time and research in the recovery of an old drinking song not over moral 
its tone, which belonged to a past age, and is greatly delighted with his succej- 
Whereupon a friend of his in theplaiuer walks of life, seeing his delight in sue' 
things, offers to procure tor him at a very slight cost half a dozen fresh drinkinj 
songs that rollicking young blades of his own time were then singing at the village 
ale-house, and is greatly surprised at his- apparent inconsistency when with a gooc 
deal of disgust and horror he declines the offer. So if the parishioners and friend:- 
of our brother Waters or of any one else among us, should offer to build here a 
brand new house to live in of exactly the same pattern as rhi- old one, low studded, 
big beamed, narrow stairwayed, open fire-placed, huge chimneyed, lacking in up- 
rightness of walls, and, judged by the modern standard, in various ways architec- 
turally immoral, I doubt not he would shrink from the offer with equal disma) . 
And such being the case, where i> the consistency of our delight with this one that 
is not new" \\ hat the merit of oldness in a building, when what we want in our- 
selves and in so many other things is youth, — young ministers, young chickens, 
y©ung wives and the like? These are questions, as I understand the matter, that 
the people of Ipswich wish answered as the condition of their giving their sympa- 



thv and support to the work in which our Historical Society has here been en- 
gaged. What is the answer? 

The answer is Srst of all that such old things help to that which is the great end 
of all buildings, all food, all clothing, all toil, all money-spending, — help us the 
more largelv to live. To live at all, at least in this world, we have got to live in 
time, and to live largelv have got to have something more to live on that what we 
eat and drink. Time, however, is threefold, not the present alone, but the future 
and the past, and needs 'for living in all of it three different sets of faculties and 
kinds of nutriment. We live in the present with our senses and our immediate per- 
ceptions and affections; and the whole existing world as it is around us today sup- 
plies its objects. We live in the future with our hopes, aspirations, plans; and 
that promising of something better than that which we have now, which all nature 
is full of, vea, is in the very meaning of the word nature, our own imaginations 
"bodving forth the form of things unknown," and beyond all these, our religion 
reaching out into the vast eternal years, thev afford its food. 

But even these are not all of life. To have its utmost fulness we must like- 
wise live in the past. And to live this part of life we have memory, the memory 
of ourselves and the memory of our race. In some respects ir is one of the most 
important faculties of the human soul, the one on which psychologically a whole 
group of other faculties depend, the one without which it is doubtful whether we 
could be rational, moral, self-conscious human beings. But even apart from the 
deeper mental uses of memory, how much it adds to the richness and amount of 
our actual living. It reaches back into our youth, and in spite of wrinkles and 
vears keeps a part of us forever voting. It reaches back among our friend-, and in 
spite of death, and the grave keeps something about them forever alive.. It reaches 
back with our race through the ages, and in spite of distance and decav gives us 
the fellowship of its heroes and saints and sages and die accumulating treasures of 
its wisdom and knowledge. Campbell has sung for us, "The Pleasures of Hope;" 
Rogers with equal grace "The Pleasures of Memory." The pleasures of memory 
arc not so brilliant and free from pain as those of hope. But thev have this ad- 
vantage, they arc more solid and real, and are of a kind in which their inner mental 
source can be assisted and strengthened by actual outward things, by books, pic- 
tures, monuments and relics of the past. 

It is this fact that suggests the value of this old house and of all that our His- 
torical Society is doing. It vivifies and strengthens memorv, enables us to live 
more richly in past time, stretches our existence from seventy and eighty to over 
two hundred years, brings us into touch again with our ancestors and the fathers 
of the town, and without asking us to desert with our bodilv senses our nice mod- 



ern dwellings, opens to us a door through which to live with our minds among 
the furniture, within the walls and under the customs ot our country's far ofF youth. 

My sister, whose dwelling is the next house East of this, tells me that a ser- 
vant of hers, a queer old lady endowed apparently with the faculty of seeing per- 
sons and things invisible to common eyes, though uneducated and entirely ignorant 
of the controversy about the building's original ownership, would sav sometimes as 
she looked over here, that bhe saw sitting at the window a stately dame "very dif- 
ferent in quality from common folks," arrayed in a cap. and style of dress, which, 
as she described them, correspond very nearly with those of our Puritan age. If 
her second-sight can be relied upon, it is not without its bearing on the Sal ton stall 
ownership, and it may be well for those who have taken that side and want an 
evidence which will offset wills and deeds to interview the old lady. 

But whether her vision was real or not, our historic memory looking in 
through the windows of the place with eyes equally wonderful and helped by its 
actual walls, can see it filled with the stately men and women of other days, can 
live with them their lives, think with them their thoughts, feel with them their as- 
pirations. And there is nothing in such visions to make our hair rise and our flesh 
creep, nothing which is not as sweet and pleasant as it is to meet the good elderly 
people yet in their rlesh who are here today. 

Oh marvellous power of association! Oh strange gift of material things, dead, 
speechless, mindless themselves, to call out of its grave the Lazarus of the past, to 
unbar the gates of the years and the ages for us to walk again their re-illuminated 
aisles, to press afresh to our inner lips the wine of joys that time has dried up, and 
out of spirit worlds to bring for communion with us once more our loved and lost, 
their touch, their words, their looks, their love. Do not accuse me of indulging in 
mere fancy to give this house an unreal value or such as only sentimentalists can 
feel. There is not one of you here, not the most prosaic fact worshipper, who does 
not have some relic of the past which unlocks for him treasures that banks cannot 
hold or figures express; not a childless mother who has not a ribbon or trinket or 
little shoe, which a form seen of no outward eye comes back again and again to 
wear; not a widowed lover who has not a ring or coin or lock of hair, which, Sun- 
day eves or week-day holy hours, does not rekindle all the old affection; not a 
scholar in whose library there are not books on whose pages are pictures no pencil 
ever drew, and between whose lines records no type ever made. What would 
Rome be without its ruins? WhatGreece, without its tombs? What Palestine, 
without its Nazareth? W r hat America, without its Bunker Hill and Gettysburg: 
Who shall say it is mere fancy which gives them their value? It is their power of 
making for us the past alive and making us live in the past. In every soul is a 



Witch of Endor; in every land places from which its Samuels obey her summons. 

And it is out of what is so precious in our Individual experience, and out of what 
everywhere gives the world so large a part of its wealth, that comes to Ipswich the 
value of this ancient house. 

As regards the objection against its preservation that it is the law of nature 
that all things shall decay and that to keep it from doing so is going counter there- 
to, it is to be answered that such is only a part of nature's law. Even outward 
nature with all its destructivencss is likewise very largely a preserver. What is 
our whole earth beneath its surface but a grand old house? What are its coal mines, 
its minerals, its rocks, its fossil animals and plants but the relics stored in it by a 
historical society ages older than anv human one? And without such scores what 
would our manufactures, our agriculture, our travel, our science be? 

More wonderful still, our own living bodies and souls, those not only of de- 
crepit men, but of every new-born babe, are now known under the revelations of 
heredity to be old houses filled with relics of the immeasurable past — physical or- 
gans and traits of mind and soul which have come down from ages older than his- 
tory, and, according to Darwin, from ages older than man. As Holmes has e. - 
pressed it, "Live folks are only dead folks warmed over" — only ancestral homes 
with the ancient mould and plaster scraped off, and the original oak beams re- 
touched with today's fresh varnish. So that after all in preserving this old build- 
ing we are only following Nature's own example — that Nature which through 
Emerson has sung, — 

"No ray is dimmed, no atom worn, 

My oldest force is good as new, 
And the fresh rose or. yonder thorn 

Gives back the bended heavens in dew. 

Ipswich is fortunate in having so many relics of the past, especially so many- 
old houses. Rightly viewed they are the most precious of all its outward posses- 
sions. Any town which has money can build new houses, in new styles, and 
j- I with all the modern conveniences. The country is full of them. But no money, 
J no skill, no enthusiasm can build antiquity, — put up new edifices that are two hun- 
j ( dred years old. They are the dowry to us of time. And as such w r hat worse 
than spendthrifts should we be to hand them over to decay — worse than the old 
medieval monks who erased the precious poetry of classic Greece and Rome to 
write on parchments beneath it their own trivial subtleties? 

There is no inconsistency between regard for ancient things, and prosperity' in 
the treasures of our modern life. Rather, the two things naturally go together. 
Savages have no interest in the past. It is only civilized human beings who write 
history and preserve ancient memorials. Society is like a tree. It cannot flourish 


with its trunk resting only on the present's surface. It must, to bear fruit, have 
roots which go down into the soil of the past, and limbs which lift themselves into 
the airs of the far off" future. Out in Oregon I knew of a man who tried to cl 
up his farm by burning up all its dead trees and accumulated mould. When I •. 
had done so, he found he had only a gravel bed left. I knew of another man 
there who in clearing up his farm preserved its mould and decayed trees; and 
new products he had not only thirty and sixty, but a hundred and two hundred 
fold. Which farmer, even in the pursuit of material prosperity, had Ipswich bet- 
ter follow? 

Along with its old buildings there is one other thing in which our town is es- 
pecially fortunate, and that is in having among its citizens a man endowed, as Mr. 
Waters is, with the knowledge, the enthusiasm, the good taste and the immeasura- 
ble patience which quality him to be a leader in their preservation, a man who is 
not a mere Dr. Dryasdust picking up alike pebbles and pearls that are old, but one 
with the insight which has been quick to discern the original values to which the " 
years have added their interest. 

I know a little in my own experience how difficult it is to enlist the svmra- 
thy even of one's friends in such an enterprise as the restoration of this building has 
been. I have an oldish ancestral house of my own in town that I have a tender- 
ness for and which I like to keep clothed in such a garb as is needed to give age 
respectability. But there is a most excellent lady in my family who finds it hard 
to share in such a tenderness. She thinks it is my most expensive vice, savs 
laughingly that so far as ribbons and new bonnets are concerned she would be bet- 
ter off with a husband who had half a dozen ordinary marital iniquities such as ci- 
gar smoking in her room, muddy boots. on the parlor floor, praising his mother's 
bread above hers, admiring other women and even staying out late at night, than 
one whose sinfulness takes the form of a wayward passion for old houses. 

I do not know whether the better half of Brother Waters has the same opinion 
of her husband's antiquity morals, or the same suffering as its result in the line oi 
ribbons and bonnets. But 1 do know there are some excellent members of our 
town's municipal family who, seeing what he has been engaged in, have had their i 
doubts raised about his intellectual uprightness, and who would hardlv be more 
perplexed and more parsimonious in their contributions to it of money, had he , 
been engaged in building a nice dancing hall, or a spacious race course, or even an 
elegant drinking saloon. I 

Nevertheless in the face of all this indifference and coldness he has gone 
straight ahead putting into it his time, his money, his faculty, his good nature, his J 
unrivalled taste, and his own personal hand- work. 1 do not forget the aid he I 




received from his genial fellow members of the Historical Society and from a few 
large minded friends at home and abroad. But all will testify that without his 
leadership the work would never have been done or even started. The tribute of 
the ladv, a stranger, visiting the place awhile ago, and finding him hard at work, 
yet readv politely to answer all her questions, "J met there a very intelligent paint- 
er," was how well deserved. And whatever other names the place may bear as to 
its original builders and occupants, we are glad to think that it will stand, if not at 
once, yet in the long coming years, as the memorial also of the man who has so 
self-sacrificingly and so modestly given himself to its preservation. 

Recognizing thus the value of this old house and ot the work which has been 
put into it, we dedicate it to the memories of the past, to the uses of our Histori- 
cal Society and to such mementoes of ancient Ipswich life as shall from time to 
time be gathered within its rooms. In doing so, we feel that we place it along- 
side of the town's venerable hills and river and ocean shore as one of its ornaments; 
alongside its schools and its public library as one of its educational institutions: 
alongside its markets and workshops and factories as adding to it a wealth finer than 
'gold; and alongside its churches and homes as co-operating fitly with him who 
compared the kingdom of Heaven to a man who out oi' his treasury brought forth 
new and old and who himself came to mankind that they might have life and have 
it more abundantly. May the interest and support of the town's citizens be gath- 
ered into it more and more; and as they, too, shall grow old, may it be to them 
an emblem of the beauty, the dignity and of the treasures out of the past that our 
human old age may have, and a reminder of that other house, older than all time, 
not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, within which we all at last hope to 
be gathered. 

Hon. Robert S. Rantoul of Salem, President of the Essex Institute, made a 
few congratulatory remarks, and was followed by Prof. Edward S. Morse, with a 
bright address, full of wit and wisdom. Mr. James Appleton Morgan of West- 
field, N. J., author of the well-known poem, "I love to think of old Ipswich town" 
spoke with much feeling of his Appleton ancestry, and predicted wide-spreading and 
enduring fame for the ancient house in its new role as the home of the Historical 
Society. The company then adjourned to the great kitchen, where tea was served 
by the ladies and great good cheer prevailed. 

Beside the liberal delegation from the Essex Institute which had arranged a 
field meeting in town for the earlier portion of the day, Col, David Low, presi- 
dent of the Gloucester Historical Society , Chas. \\ oodberrv, vice-president of the 
Beverly Historical Society, John Prince, president of the Essex Historical Societv, 


and Mr. Kullis Choate of rhe same Society, Andrew Nichols of the Danvers Pii-.- 
tf>rical Society and representatives of the Methuen Historical Society were also 
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the reputation of a Klondike, or even Butte and Montana; but the object of this"' 
publication is primarily to benefit Old Ipswich and assist in some small ways to 
enhance the value of her historical and genealogical wealth, with which she is 
most abundantly endowed. 

The work of the Ipswich Historical Society in reclaiming from ruin one of 
the 8 finest specimens of colonial architecture extant, has awakened a new and last- 
ing interest in the old and honored names connected with this good old town. To 
aid in promoting this interest this magazine has been begun, carrying out the idea 
long cherished by Mr. M. V. B. Perley. 

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people, and those interested in* its people, past or present. Subscriptions are, 
therefore, solicited from every one of these, in the belief that each will more than 
get his or her money back in the quantity or quality of matter to be printed. 

In addition to the births, deaths and marriages, there will be presented in 
each issue articles on pertinent subjects by such well known writers as Rev. T. F. 
Waters, Rev. Augustine Caldwell, Mr. M. V. B. Perley, Hon. Charles A. Say- 
ward, Mr. John VV. Nourse, Mr. John H. Cogswell, Mr. Appleton Morgan, 
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The very foundations of our New England civilization were laid in religion. 
Our forefathers coming here with the definite purpose of enjoying religious freedom 
and its attendant blessings gave to the Meeting-house their first thought and care. 

When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they at once assigned a meeting- 
place. It was "a timber fort with flat roof" and battlements, and to this place, 
every Sunday, the men and women walked reverently, three hi a rowj and n, it 
they worshipped, until a meeting-house was erected in 1648. 

As soon as a settlement was established, the new community built a house for 
the purpose of assembling for the -public worship of God. They called it a meet- 
ing-house. Cotton Mather said that he "found no ground in Scripture to applv 
the name church to a house for public assembly," and the Puritans were as bitterlv 
opposed to calling their edifice a church, as they were to calling the Sabbath 
Sunday. Their favorite term for our Sunday was Lord's Day. 

Our fathers were eager and glad to build these meeting-houses; but lest some 
settlements should be slow or indifferent about doing that duty promptly, it was 
enacted, in 1675, "That a meeting-house should be erected in everv town in 
the colony: and if the people failed to do so at once, the magistrates were em- 
powered to build it and charge the cost to the town". 

It is not difficult to trace the influence of this religious idea upon all depart- 
ments of life, in the communities in which our forefathers lived. The basis of their 
religion, was the Bible; but to understand the Bible, -. certain amount of education 
was essential; hence they forthwith established the necessary schools, that their 
children might be taught the arguments by which their religion might be defended, 
and that an educated ministry might be furnished to lead them in divine things. 
Some one has said, that, "The Puritan Fathers well understood, that Protestant 
Christianity demands intellectual culture. The preaching of the gospel can only 
produce its best: results when addressed to a people enjoying the advantages of edu- 
cation." This our fathers not only determined to furnish, but to make obligatory 
upon all. 

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Here I think we find the germ of that Educational Systen, which has had so 
much to do in making New Enjland charac e-, and which has given the New 
Englander a world-wide repatacion for intelligence and common sense* 

Again: the political a/stem which secures freedom and equality to all oar citi- 
zens was the direct resale of the religious ideas o[ oar forefathers. The church anj 
the state were identical; the meetings of the parish were the meetings of" the town; 
fo be end led to vote in political matter*, a person was required to be a member of 
the church. The historian Bancroft says: "All New England was an aggregate of 
organized democracies. Each township was substantially a territorial parish, and 
the town a religious congregation. The independent church was established by 
law, the minister was elected by the people, who annually made grants for his sup- 
port. He who would understand the political character of New England in the 
eighteenth century must study the constitution of its towns, its congregations, irs 
schools, and its militia." 

In the days or our forefathers, it was popular to be religious; Sabbath keeping 
Was almost universal; Sabbath-breaking was scarcely known; in social customs, 
whatever seemed to make for piety was viewed with approval, and whatever inter- 
fered with religion was sternly disapproved. Public opinion drew the line sharplv 
between good and evil, and no one was left in doubt as to which he should choose.. 
In all the departments of life, the religious idea of our forefathers made itself felt as 
a shaping and developing force, and to it we owe all that is noblest and best in both 
the secular and religious institutions which have made our own New England, and 
indeed, our whole country what it is today. 

I have dwelt thus far upon these general aspects of life in the time of our fore- 
fathers; because it is only by recalling these things that we are prepared to appreci- 
ate the part which the early church of Ipswich had in the community in which we 
live. What the religious ideas of our fathers did for New England as a whole 
this church did for this community, in building up the intellectual, moral and polit- 
ical life of our town. As its meeting-house stood conspicuous upon a hill, so its 
power has been prominent among the good influences that have been working here. 
It has truly been, "a city set on an hill," and its light has not been .hid. 

Under the guidance of Providence, some of the Pilgrim forefathers came to 
this place, which had been described by one who visited it, in 16^3, as, "a spac- 
ious place for a plantation; being near the sea it aboundeth with fish, fowls and 
beasts, having great meads and marshes, plain plowing grounds, and a good river 
and harbor;" and "Johnson," in his "Wonder-working Providence," had said: 
"The peopling of Ipswich is by men of good rank and quality, many of them hav- 
ing the yearly- revenue of large lands in England, before they came to this country:" 

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and Cotton Mather, in 1638, declared: "Here is a renowned church consisting of 
such illustrious Christians, that their pastors, in the exercise of their ministry, might 
think, that they had to do not so much with disciples as with judges." 

Such men as these knew how to appreciate the importance of a good education 
for their children. It appears from our town records, that a "Grammar School 
was set up in ye year 1636," only three years after John Winthrop, jr., with his 
twelve companions commenced a settlement in this place, and in 1651, only thir- 
teen years after the founding of Harvard College, a Latin school was established 
here, to prepare young men for that institution; and in the next half century thirty- 
eight young men from Ipswich graduated there, eleven of whom became ministers, 
three phvsicians, and the remainder served in civil and judicial positions. 

The First Church in this town, which was the ninth in New England, was 
founded in 1634, ar) ^ a meeting-house was built the same year. Rev. Nathaniel 
Ward, of Cambridge University, and formerly a lawyer in England, was the first 
minister. He is spoken of 3s 3 man n ^ acute ^nrl vigorous mind, and so learned in 
jurisprudence, that he was appointed by the civil authorities, to draft the earliest 
statutory code of the colon v. He wrote one hu. dred fundamental laws, styled 
"The Body of Liberties," which Palfrey calls "a great monument of his wisdom 
and learning," and which, he says, "will compare favorably with other words of 
its class, in any age." 

The precise spot on which the first meeting-house stood has been disputed. 
Felt, in his "Flistory ot Ipswich," states that it stood on the south side of the river 
Examinations of the town-records do not, however, confirm the statement, but all 
tend to show, that upon Meeting-house Hill, and near the site of the present church 
was erected the first house of worship. "The first meeting-houses in New England," 
savs a recent writer, "were simple buildings enough — square log-houses with clay- 
filled chinks, surmounted by steep roofs thatched with long straw or grass, and 
often with onlv the beaten earth for a floor." The dimensions of manv of those 
buildings are known to us. One, indeed, is preserved in Salem. The first meet- 
ing-house in Dedham was 36x20, and 12 feet high. The one in Medford was 
still smaller, and the Haverhill edifice was onlv 26x20 feet. It is probable the 
first meeting-house in Ipswich was about the size of the latter, for we find that in 
about twelve years, in 164.6, the old meeting-house was sold for fifty shillings," 
and was to be removed in a few months. 

We have good reasons to suppose that the second meeting-house was a frame 
building, somewhat larger than the first. Our record makes mention of manv ex- 
penses incurred upon this building — among others a charge for raising a new frame, 
in 1678, when the building was enlarged "in consequence of increase of popula- 

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tion and prosperity of the town." This building stood until 1698, when "a new- 
meeting-house was ordered to be built forthwith." 

The meeting-houses in those early days were located to accommodate a whole 
township of scattered farmers, and were often placed on highly elevated positions. 
The Roxbury edifice was set on a high hill, and the story is told of the aged and 
feeble John Eliot, that once, as he toiled up the long ascent to his dearly loved 
meeting-house, he said to the person on whose arm he leaned: "This is very like 
the way to heaven; 'tis up hill. The Lord by his grace fetch us up." 

The almost inaccessible locations chosen for the sites of many roomy churches 
must surprise an observing traveler on the byroads of New England today. In 
many cases the churches are now deserted, destitute alike of minister and congregation. 

A few years ago while riding with a friend, I was shown the site of the first 
meeting house in the Linebrook Parish of our own town. It stood on a by-road 
leading through the woods. No trace now remains of the. old meeting-house, save 
the fbundation-stoneSj but there was the deserted and neglected old burving-ground. 
Tall grass and tangled blackberry vines, cover the forgotten graves, while an occa- 
sional sprig of tiger-lily or a shrub of southern-wood showed that once these lonely 
graves were cared for by loving hands, for the sake of those who lie buried in the 
now deserted spot. 

Strange and grotesque decorations were displayed upon the outside of the earliest 
meeting-houses. The records state, that, in 1640, "any man who brought a living 
wolf to the meeting-house was paid fifteen shillings by the town; and if the wolf was 
dead, ten shillings." In 1664, if the wolf-killer wished to obtain the reward, he 
was ordered to bring the wolfs head and nail it to the meeting-house and give no- 
tice thereof. 

On our Meeting-house Green, too, stood those Puritanical instruments of pun- 
ishment — the stocks, the whipping-post, the pillory, and cage, and on court and 
lecture days the stocks and pillory were often occupied by wicked or careless colon- 

Several years ago, I assisted my father in removing the foot of the old whip- 
ping-post, a large white oak but, and we planted in the place an elm tree, which is 
in a flourishing condition todav. The stocks and pillory were located near the 
ledge of rocks in front of the Dennison schoolhouse. 

On Sunday mornings, in the olden time, the people, whose homes were near 
the meeting-house, Walked reverently and slowly across the green meadows, or 
snowy fields to meeting; but many of the farmers had to ride long distances, to 
reach the place of worship; and long indeed, must have been the time occupied in 
those Sunday trips. The worshippers must often have started at daybreak 


Those staid Puritan fanners were mounted on sturdy (arm-horses, and behind 

the saddle a pillion was strapped, on which 
rode the wife or daughter. Alter riding a 
couple of" miles the occupants of the saddle or 
pillion dismounted, tied the horse, and walked 
on. A second couple who had walked the 
first two miles mounted the rested horse and 
rode on past the first couple tor two or three 
miles, when thev, in turn, dismount, tie 
horse and walk on. In this way four per- 
sons could ride verv comfortably half-wav to 

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Dr. Crowell, in his history of Essex, 
describes a journey thus made by my early 

A Piiliuu Riuer. ancestors: 

" It is Saturdav evening. The pious household are making preperations tor 
the corning Sabbath, the « Day of all the week the best.' Nothing is left undone 
which it is practicable to do, by way of preparation for holv time. On Sabbath 
morning, having risen at an early hour, all get readv with their best apparel, tu 
attend public worship, in the centre of the town, five miles away. The mother is 
mounted upon a horse, with the voungest daughter behind her; while the other 
three daughters and three sons, with their father at their head, travel on foot. 
The mother and daughters, however, ride alternately, as fatigue requires or choice 
directs. The father and eldest son go armed, to guard against the attack of wild 
beasts. The road i^ long and rough, but love for the house of God lightens the toils. 
In less than two hours, they they are at the door of the meeting-house, a small 
log-building, but filled with many a warm heart, and lighted up with many a heav- 
enly countenance. The preacher is Mr. Ward, the pastor of the church, and the 
discourses are full of evangelical sentiment calculated to humble the sinner and exalt 
the Saviour. The afternoon service ended at an early hour (the intermission at 
noon having been very short), and the pilgrim family return to their home, and close 
the day, as it was begun, with household devotion, and with conversation suited 
to the day." 

The children of those devoted parents were scrupulously instructed in the cat- 
echism. They were baptized in infancy, and early taken to meeting on the Lord's 
Day. The Bible was read and respected in every home, and the father opened 
and closed the labors of the day with family prayer. 

As we read of those simple homes, we have a picture of pure and true domes- 


tic happiness, such as is offered by no other age or country in the history of the 
world; and there went out from those quiet homes noble men and women to do no- 
ble deeds and live noble lives. 


BIRTHS, I685--I690. 

Mary, daughter to John and Elisabeth Lumus, borne January 4th, 168). 

Sam 11 , son to John and Kathrine Waite, born October 20th, 1685. 

Stephen, son to Simon and Mary Chapman, borne October 30, 16S5. 

Mathcw, son to Mathew and Jcmina Whipple, borne Octob r 20, 16S5. 

Moses, son to Phillip and Hanah Welch, borne Xouemb r 2^, 16S5. 

Ann, daughter to Aaron and Ann Pengry, borne Feb r 8th, 1685. 

Jacob, son to Jacob and Elisabeth Perkins, borne Feb 15, 1685. 

Mary, daughter to Jacob and Sarah Perkins, was born Aug 1 2d, 1685. 

All the aboue named returned to Court March 30, 1686. 

Thomas, son to Mr. John and Elisabeth Cobbit, borne Feb r 18, i6Sr. 

Sarah, daughter to James and Mary Burnam, borne March 3, 1685. 

William, son to William and Sarah Stockwell, borne Feb r 26, 1685. 

John, son to Richard and Mary Bryer, borne Decemb r 31, 1685. 

John, son to John and Sarah Shattswell, born March 17, 16S5. 

Mary, daughter to Henry and Frances Benet, born March y e 3d, 1685. 

Susanna, daughter to John and Abigail Dane, borne March the 6th, 1685-6. 

Thomas, son to Nathaniell and Rebecca Tredwell, born Aprill 8, 16S6. 

Andrew, son to Andrew and Mary Busby, borne April 5, 1686. 

Nathn 11 son to Stephen and Elisabeth Cross-c, born April 2, 1686. 

Mary, daughter to Thomas and Anna Day born April 30, 1686. 

■ son to Joseph and Knowlton, born April. 

Philip, son to F.dward and Martha Xeland, born March 2d, 1685. 
Sarah, daugh r to Daniel and Sarah Danison, borne March 29th, 1686. 

■ daughter to Mr. Thonv s Jacobs borne 

Elisabeth, daughter to Sam 15 and Elisabeth Knowlton, born April 18, i68< 
Henry, son to Joseph and Mary Lee, born May 16th, 16S6 

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Ruth, daughter to John and Ruth Denison, born June 7th, i68( 

James, son to James and Mary Chute, born June [4, 1686. 

daughter to Thomas and Avers, born June. 

Ebeneser, son to Jaeob and Sarah Benet, born June 20, 1686. 

Abraham, son to Abraham and Sarah How, born June 27, 1686. 

Ebeneser, son to John and Margarett Stamford, born 

Martha, daughter to Nath 11 and Martha Tuckerman, born 

Samuell, son to Mr. Samuell and Mary Appleton, born July 21, i6( 

Joanah, daugh tr to Samuell and Joanah Potter, born June 16, 1686. 

Elisabedi, daugh r to Arthur and Elisabeth Abbut, born June 6, 1686. 

George, son to Josiah and Mary Clarke, born Sept br 19th, 1686. 

Michaell, son to Mesheck and Sarah Farley, born August 2d, i68( 

W ni , son to William and Sarah Baker, born 1 4. 9 br 1687. 
\ Susana, daughter to Roburt and Abigal Lord, born Octo br 7, 1687. 

% Sarah, daughter to James and Mary Burnum, born Eeb r II, 1687. 
' - John, son to Caleb and Leucey Kimbole, born Mareh 6, i68( 

Elisabeth, daughter to Joseph and Sarah Avers, born January 28, 1687. 

)nathan, son to Benedictus and Susana Pulsifer, borne Sept. 25th, 1687. 
^ )n, son of John and Katherine Waite, was born March y e 12, 1686-7. 
; ' )enny, son to Joseph and Mary Lee, born May 1 6th, 1686. 

Allin, son to Timothy and Deborah Pearly, borne March y e 1st, 1687. 

Samuel, son to John and Esther Harris, borne November y e 28, i( 

John, son to John and Dinah Rogers, borne August y e 23d. 

William, son of" W illiam and Mary Goodhue, born Septem. y e ( 

John, son to Jacob and Elisabeth Perkins, borne Sept y e 2, ( 

)nn, daught r to Sam 11 and Sarah Ordway ( born May the 21st, anno Don\. 

John, son of Francis and Alice Uvine, was born Septemb 1 " the 29th, anno 
Domini 1687. 

Elisabeth, daughter to Jacob and Sarah Perkins; was born May the 8th, 1687. 
j George, son of Samuel Smith and Martha his wife born y e 20 of Septem 1 ", 

1687, — ar >d dyed y e 9th Aug st 1706. 

Matthew, son of Robert and Mary Conowav, born Oct 1 " 22, 16S7. 

John, son to Joseph and Mary Lee, born Sept. 10th, 1688. 

Samuell, son to Mr. John Stamford, born Aug- St 27, 16S8. 
)oodis Lee, son to Joseph and Mary Lee, Dec r 18, 1689. 

Will m , son of Jno. and Hannah Grow, born Nov 2 2d, 1690. 

Martha, daughter to Philip and Elisabeth Fowler, born Apr 11 6, 1 ( 

Johana, daughf to James and Mary Burnum, born March 18, i6( 






Johana, daught r to Isaac and Joanah Fellows, born Nouember 19, i68( 
William, son to Simon and Elisabeth Wood, burn Jenary 3, 1689. 
Johannah, daught r to John and Johanah Newmarfh b rn Apr 1 1 1, 169c. 
Ebenesar, sun to Tho s and Martha Smith, borne July 31, 1690. 
Hanah and Martha, daughters to John and Martha Brewer , borne February 
the 19th, 1689-90. 

Jane, daughter to Richard and Mary Belcher, borne March the 26th, 1690. 

Timothy, son to Timothy and Liddea Bragg, bom June 5th, 1690. 

Ester, daughter to Mathevv and Esther Perkins, born July 17, 1690. 

Martha, daught 1 " to John and Sarah Caldwell, bor n Aug st 28, 1690. 

Hanah, daugh tr to Jeremi h and Elis bth Jewett, born July 16, 1690. 

Joseph, son to Nath 11 and Martha Emerson, born June 26, 1690. 

Joseph, son to Joseph and Mary Fuller, born Aag st 13th, 1690. 

Robert, son to Abraham and Margarett Fitts, borne Julv 19th, 1690 

Daniell, son to Tho s and Abigail Hodekin,. born Octo br 14, 1690. 

Liddea, daugh tr to Richard and Liddea Kimbole, born Octo br 8, 1690. 

Sarah, daugh tr to Sam 11 and Martha Smith, born Nou br 23, 1690. 

Martha, daughter to Mr. John and Martha Tuttell, born 

Mary, daft 1 " to Will and Mary Goodhu, born August y e 3, 1690.' 

John, son to John and Mary Harris, born Nouem br 19, 1690. 

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The first annual meeting of the corporation was held at the house on Wimer 
street on December first, 1898 at 8 p. m. 

The following officers were elected by ballot: President, T. Frank Waters; 
vice presidents, John Heard, Frederic W'illcomb; clerk, John W. Goodhue; treas- 
urer, |oseph 1. Horton; directors, Charles A. bayward, Everard H. Martin, jonn 
H. Cogswell; corresponding secretary, John H. Cogswell; librarian, John J. Sulli- 

The following amendment to the Constitution was adopted: 

"Any person not a resident of Ipswich, who has contributed or may contri- 
bute five dollars to the Society may be elected an honorary member of the cor- 
poration, and shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Society except that of 
voting at its meetings." The report of the president was read and accepted. 

The report of the treasurer was read and accepted. 


At the last annual meeting of the Ipswich Historical Society, the project of 
purchasing the ancient Whipple House and fitting it for the use of the Society, was 
considered, and a committee was chosen * 'to inquire into the feasibility of the plan." 
No words of mine are needed to tell in detail the result of their deliberations. To- 
night we meet under its ancient roof. The title deeds are held by our Society as a 
corporate body. The work of repair and restoration is complete. Our collec- 
tions are arranged in these great rooms. W r ith becoming enthusiasm our. mansion 
has been formallv dedicated to its new and honorable use as an historic landmark, 
and the home of the Society. Already the fame of this ancient building has gone 
abroad. Many strangers have come to see it and the unanimous verdict is, that the 
house is of extraordinary intrinsic value, and that our Society is most fortunate in 
securing possession. < 


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As a specimen of seventeenth century architecture, this house is an object of 

just pride. The size and quality of these superb uak beams, their linelv finished 
moulded e4ges, the substantial oak floor joists, rhe great po^ts with their escutcheons 

so laboriously wrought, the noble size of these t'jur great rooms, proclaim that this 
was a home of wealth and refinement, and mike it for us to believe char i f w w> 
the finest mansion ot the town. Many ancient bouses have disappeared, but the 
most tenacious memory of the oldest inhabitant cannot recall such strength and elab- 
orate finish as we find here.' So far as I am familiar with the oldest house; now 
remaining, none can compare with this for a moment. 

The question ot its age is constancy raised, by town-folk, an J stranger alike. 
The other question of its ownership is still vigorously argued. I think I can do no 
better service at this time than tell the story a 3 I have been able to discover it, by 
long and careful and repeated research. 

Many remember Mr. Abraham Bond, the father of Mr. Jas. W. Bond, from 
whom our Society purchased the property. He bought the house and about en 
acre of land of Caleb K. Moore, October 7, 1841 [Essex Co. Deeds, 327:157.] 
and made his home here for the remainder of his lire. Mr. James W. Bond re- 
members that in his boyhood, the Moor joists were exposed as we see them now, 
but fashion decreed that a more modern style was to be preferred, anJ vandal 
hands chipped and . hacked the venerable timbers, nailed laths upon them, 
and covered them from sight with very commonplace plastering. The old fire- 
place in the kitchen in the leanto was bricked up within his remembrance, and the 
latest addition on the northwest corner was built. 

Mr. Moore had purchased the house with an acre and eleven rods of land 
from Mr. Nathaniel Wade and others, heirs of the estate of Col. Joseph Hodgkins, 
in 1833, October 31st [Essex Co. Deeds, 271:164]. This was only half of the 
Hodgkins estate, however, and on Aug. II, 1841, the heirs sold the balance of the 
property, measuring an acre and eleven rods, to James Estes. As the deed de- 
scribes it, this piece of land extended down Winter street, to the barn and land of 
Joseph Farley, now occupied by the baildings of the Ipswich Mill, followed the 
line of the Farlev land to rhe river, extended along the river bank to the Samuel 
Wade property, and followed this line to Moore's boundary line. The Hodgkins 
property thus extended from the main roid to Topsfield to the river, and meifjred 
two acres and twenty-two rods. [Essex Co. Deeds, 326:215.] 

Col. Hodgkins had married for his third wife, Mrs. Lydia Tread a ell, relict ot 
Elisha Tread well and daughter ofDea. John Crocker. Her brother, Joseph, at his 
death owned and occupied the house, and the other heirs sold their interest to her 
husband. The original deed of sale, bearing date oi Mar 16th, 1S13, is before 


me as I write, conveying to Col. Hodgkins five-Sixths 'of the estate for $7$0. One 

chamber was reserved ro the unmarried sister, Elizabeth Crocker, who occupied it 
by the express < provision of her father's will drawn in ! 834. The deed still re- 
serves to Elizabeth "the great chamber in the west end of the house, with the priv- 
ilege of going in and out at the front door, and a right to use the entry way and 
stairs in common, and a right to bake in the oven in the north-easterly room, t go 
to and from the well, and a privilege in the cellar to put and keep so much cider, 
vegetables arid other necessaries sufficient for her own use, also liberty to pass and 
repass to and from the yard at the southwest end of said house, and to keep therein 
the wood for her own use, said reservations to continue so long as sh^ shall remain 
single and unmarried, as expressed in the last will and testament of said John 
Crocker deceased." Miss Sarah Wade, the granddaughter of Col. Hodgkins, is 
very sure that he did not take up his residence in ihe old mansion until j8i8, and 
she tells me that her father built on the pantry, which now serves as the hallwav of 
the caretaker's tenement, in that year, to increase the convenience of that portv 1 
the house. Miss Wade, then a smart slip of a nine-year-old girl, was often at the 
house and has vivid recollection of her 'honored grandfather and his home. He was 
then 75 years old, with thin hair which was gathered into a queue, a very tall 
man with strongly marked Roman nose. How the venerable soldier must have 
bowed himself under these low doorways! His residence gives much character to 
our mansion. He had served as lieutenant in the Ipswich Company of Minute 
Men at Bunker Hill, and had fought at the bardes on Long Island, at Harlem 
Heights, White Plains and Princeton, and was at Burgovne's surrender at Saratoga. 
To his last days, he would have his pewter plate, which was kept with the platters 
on a high shelf in the kitchen. The dark passage-wav from the kitchen to the bed- 
room served as a cheese room. The room we have occupied as our kitchen was 
the parlor, and the only carpet in the house covered the floor. Some roundabout 
chairs, and a pair of great brass andirons were included in the parlor furnishings, 
and a quaint colored English print of the Countess of Suffolk's house near Twicken- 
ham, published in I749, t hung on the wall, and is now owned b\" Miss Wade. 
The west room was the family sitting room, and in this room the old Revolution- 
ary soldier died, lying in an old press bed in the center of the room on Sept. 25, 

Upstairs Miss Polly Crafts made her home in the East chamber, arid worked 
at her loom, weaving. Through these rooms, the lively young Sarah roamed, 
turning over the hour-glasses, peering into the great fireplaces and looking up their 
black throats to see the stars, and scampering down across the garden to the old 
malt-house, on the site of the mill storehouse, to pick the wild roses that bloomed 





there in profusion. She slept in rlic little bedroom that opened from the West 
Lower Room, the night her grandfather died; and she remembers distinctlv that the 
window in that room was diamond paned and opened like a door. Her brother, 
Mr. Francis H. Wade remembers a window of the same stvle in the front gable 
end. Following this clew, we have made all our windows with diamond-glass. 

Mrs. Hodgkins, as was said, was the daughter of Dea. fohn Crocker. That 
excellent man disposed of his worldly goods in his will as follows: 

In the name of God Amen. I John Crocker of Ipswich in the County of 

Essex as to my worldly goods and estate, [I] give, demise and dispone 

of the same as follows — viz. 

Imprimis. I give and devise to my son Joseph his heirs & assigns forever, 
my malt house and about one acre of land adjoining with the well and drane lead- 
ing to said malt house, also a desk that his mother brought to me when 

we were married. 


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the west end of my dwelling house so long as she shall remain single and unmar- 
ried. I also give her a case of drawers and a chest with two drawers, which was 
her mother's. I also give and bequeath to my said daughter, Eliz. one cow and 
two sheep, such as she shall choose, to be winterd and summerd for her bv mv son 
John, and also sixty dollars in monev. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter 
Mehitabel Appleton, sixty dollars in money. Item. I give to my son-in-law 
Thomas Appleton a note of hand I have against him dated April 28, 1795. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lvdia Treadwell, sixty dollars in 
money Item. I give to my grandson Thomas Wade and Samuel Wade thirty dol- 
lars each. Item. I give and bequeath to my grand daughters Mary Waldron and 
Abigail Waidron, thirty dollars each. Item I give and bequeath to mv son-in-law, 
Edward Waldron, at my decease, my great Bible. Item. I give and bequeath to 
mv daughter Elizabeth, one feather bed and bedding which her mother brought to 
me, when I married her. Item. 1 give and bequeath to my three daughters and 
to my grand-children, children of my Daughters, Mary and Hannah, deceased, the 
whole of my household goods (excepting my silver tankard) to be equallv divided 
between them. 

I give to my daughters aforenamed and my aforesaid grandchildren, at mv 
decease, all my books to be divided in same manner as I have ordered my house- 
hold goods to be divided. Item. I give and devise to my son Joseph and to my 
daughter Elizabeth, and to their heirs and assigns in equal shares, mv Pew in the 
South Meeting House in this town. Item. I give to my sons John and Joseph all 
mv wearing apparel and tanning utensils to be equallv divided between them. 

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Item. J give and devise to my son John and to his heirs and assigns forever all my 

buildings and lands, excepting such part of my buildings and lands as I have before 
given to my son Joseph and my daughter Elizabeth. Item. J give and bequeath 
to my said son, all my stock of cattle and sheep, all my notes of hand, my silver 
Tankard, and all the rest and residue of my estate. 
May 3, 1804. 

[Essex Co. Probate Records 374:9:10.] 

An inventory and appraisement of the estate of Deacon John Crocker late of 
Ipswich. [Probate Records 374 : 81.] 

In the West lower room 
a clock $16 1 look? glass $8 one desk $5 
a settee £3 black walnut table 4 foot, 52.50 
writing desk $1 small round table 31, light stand 30 cts 

stand? can dl est k t , 2 5 
one great chair and 6 small ditto viol back $3.50 I round table $1.25 

one small chair turkey worked 33cts hand iron, shovel Sc tongs $2.50 
one feather bed, bolster and pillows $23, bedstead sacking bottom 32 
curtains £1.50 3 blankets 34.50 calico quilt $2 
tea salver $1.25 great Bible $4 other books & papht? $6.00 
2 pair small scales & weights 80 cts hearth brush 25c 1.05 

Westerly bed room. 1 bed, bolster & pillows £27 under bed 

& bedstead $2.75 2 9-75 

2 blankets $2 2 do $3 I bed quilt $2 1 coverlet $2 13 pr 
sheets $22,75 

ID pair pillow cases 33 -°7 table cloths 54.75 12 napkins $1.7 5 

East room 3 leathd chairs $1.50 round chair & cushion 31 

four old chairs 67 cts, small looking glass $1 
pair small handirons 50c; small table 1 2 ct 

East bed room, underbed, bedstead & cord 5 1. 25 3 coverlets 33.7 
two blankets $2 1 pair sheets £2 linen wheel & reel $1 
tinpail 33 cts scales & weights 50 cts wearing apparel 325 
32 ounces silver plate $32.42 halt dozen teaspoons 32.50 
1 pair shoe & knee buckles 33 set gold buttons $3.50 

West chamber. I case drawers $!.£o one ditto faneerd 37 
six leath'd chairs 3 2 *) one great ditto 33, small cane backd $1 6.50 






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bed, bolster & pillows 522 under bed, bedstead & cord £j 
curtains Sc valions S3 one pair sheets $2.50 

one blanket Si.50 coverlet 51 bed quilt S2.00 

small pair hand irons 50 cts 1 maple table 51 small looking glass .25 
In the East chamber. 1 bed, bolster, & 1 pillow ^25, under bed, 

bed std & cord 52.50 
3 blankets S3. 25 three bed quilts 54 
quare oak table 50 cts. old chest and fire screen 75 ct 
flaxcomb $l. iron-jack 75c 

In the kitchen 1 brass kettle S3 one brass pan 52 
Pewter 59 handirons 52.50 shovel & tongs 51 
gridiron 50 cts candlesticks 50 toasting iron 50 
1 pr brass candlesticks $1 iron and tin ware $6 
bell metal skillet 30 cts brass skillet 51 
tin ware $1.75 warming pan 51.00 pr bellows 25 ct 
earthen ware Sc glass bottles 52 case with bottles $1.50 
crockery ware Sc glass ditto S3 3 tables 5 1.7 5 
a mortar 2 coffee mills Hesh fork, skimer and skewers 
3 iron bread pans 51 3 chests Si- 50 meal chest 50 
kitchen chairs $1.50 old cask & tubs 52. 50 50 lb. salt pork 58 
cheese press 51-25 two spits Si- 25 pails si 

Inventory of estate of Joseph Crocker, maltster: 
House and barn and malt-house, with other buildings & land 
I blue coat S3* 00 l Dme surtout coat S2. 50 i blue grate coat 53.50 
1 black waist coat Si 2 green waist coats 51 2 pair small cloths woolen 

and drawers 52 
1 pair kersey meer small cloths 50 cts 1 pair nankin jacket and breeches si 
1 pair cotton and linen trowsers Si- 8 shirts S6.50 8 pair of hose S3- 5c 

1 pair leather gloves 12 cts.' 2 silk and one linen handkerchief Si -75 

3 pr. old trowsers 7 5 cts 2 frocks si- 2 pair of boots SI- 7 5 2 pair 
of shoes Si . 50 

2 felt hats 60 cts. 1 gun, bayonet & snap sack and cartridge box 55 

1 gun & cartridge box, and 2 powder horns S2 live hare cleaned 60 cts 

John Crocker disposed of this property to his brother Joseph, though I 
record of the transaction, as Joseph's heirs sold to Col. Hodgkins. 

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rhc return of the administrator of Joseph Crocker, in March 1814, we find 
the items 

"five sixths of dwelling house and land sold to [oseph Hodgkins Esq. 750. 

"to paid John Crocker 621.38 

Deacon John received the estate by inheritance from his rather, Benjamin 
Crocker, a man of excellent quality. He was graduated from Harvard C 
1713, was Represemacive in 1726, 1754, l 73^> caught the Grammar school 
many years, and ofren preached. He made his will after the pi . fa i n of h'n 
day and devised his property as follows: 



In the name of God, Amen. April 9, 1766. 

I Benjamin Crocker, of Ipswich in County o'i Essex, in New England, being 
in Health of Body and Mind & Memory (thro the Favour of Almighty God,) 8c 
Calling Lo Mind the Uncertainty of Life and Certainty of Dea-:h, Do make and 
Ordain this my last Will and Testament, and Principally and above aii I recom- 
mend my Soul into the Hands of God, Thro Jesus Chris:, hoping for his sake and 
Righteousness to find acceptance with God at the great Day of his Appearing; 
and my Body to decent Christian Burial : and touching such worldly Esta:e as God 
been pleased to bestow upon me, I give and dispose of the same in Manner follow- 
ing, viz. — 

Imprimis. I give to mv well beloved wife Elizabeth fourteen pounds, and all 
chat estate which she brought with her to me upon our Marriage; provided and on 
Condition she shall acquit all her Right or Claim and Interest in & to all the rest 
of my estate. 

Item. I give to my daughter, Mary Gunnison, the two best silver spoons, 
which, with what I gave her at her Marriage, together with what she held of land, 
which she had of land which she and her Brother sold to Charles Turtle after her 
Marriage, which I account of a sufficient Part oi my Estate. (The particulars or" 
which I have see down in a Pocket Book in my Desk.) 

Item. I give all the rest of my Estate both real and personal of what 
Xacure soever to my son John Crocker, after my Debts and funeral Charges are 
paid by my said Son. Benjamin Crocker. 

[Probate Records 343:481] 

Mary Crocker, the first wire oi Benjamin, received the property from her 
father, Major John .Whipple. No record of sale, gift or inheritance from her 
remains, but the identity of the property is indisputable as will appear from our 
subsequent study of adjoining esiates. ( 



The will of Major John VI hippie, Crocker's father-in-law, is of much int 
and I append it in full : 


In the name of God Amen. The thirtieth dav of August 1722. I lohn 
Whipple, of Ipswich, In the County of Essex in New England, being sick. & 
weak of Body but of perfect Mind & Memory, Thanks be Given to God ther 
Calling to Mind y c Mortality of my Body & knowing y l Is Appointed for all Men 
Once to Dye Doe make and Ordaine This my Last Will A; Testament; that Is to 
say principally & first of all I Give and recommend my Soul Into the hands of 
God that Gave it, and my Body I Recomend to ye Earth to be burved in a Decent 
& Christian Buriall att ye Discretion of my Exec, nothing Doubting but att ve 
Genii Resurrection I shall receive the same againe by ve Almighty power of God; 
and as touching such Worldlv Estate wherewith It hath pleased God ro bless 13 ThL 
Life, i Give, Demise & Dispose of the. same in the following Manner or Forme. 

Impr. I give to my Daughter Mar}' Crocker & To the Heirs of her Body- 
Lawfully begotten my now Dwelling House (i- Homestead with all the buildings 
upon the same. Also I give to my Daughter Crocker all ve furniture both of the 
parlour and Parlour chamber also one Bed More such as shee shall Chu^e with all 
ye furniture to ye same belonging, also Three pair of Sheets, Two Large Table 
Cloths & Two Smaller Ones & Two Dozen of Napkins, also I give unto mv 
Daughter Crocker all the utensills of y e Kitchen & Lean toe & also m\ two Neb 
oxen & all my Utensills for husbandry, also One old Common Right & mv Negro 
Man & Two Cowes. 

Item. I give to my son-in-law Benj. Crocker mv — and fouling piece. 

Item. I give to my Grandson, W m Brown, my pistolls and holsters. 

It. I give to my Granddaughter, Martha Brown, forty pounds. 

It. I give to Daughter Rogers my ISjegroe Woman Hannah. 

It. I give to my Grandson, John Rogers, twenty pounds and after all mv 
Lawful debts and all y e above Legacies & my funeral! Charges are all pavd, the 
whole of my Estate which shall then remaine Both real and personal, Bills, B nds, 
Whatsoever to be honestly apprized & Equally Divided between my Three daugh- 
ters, Martha, Mary & Susannah. [Probate Records 313:^5 SJ 

INVENTORY. [315:555] 

Wareing apperell j£$o Book 80s Bills and Bonds ^182-14-6 
horse & mare etc £, 1 1 2 

., * 











cows, steers, heffers & calves ^47 9s Household scuff in jr e Hall 
£16 14s 

Household goods in y e bedroom below J]z 5s in v e bed room above ' y o 5 

In the Kitchen Chamber ^"7 8s Sheets, Pillow beers, Napkins, "Fable 
cloths, Towells 196s 

1 2 yds Linnin Cloth 40* 1 2 yds Druj/gt 40s 20 yds Cotton & 
Linnin 40s old Curtain 6s 

2 blankets, 2 Coverlids, 1 Rugg, 60s 1 Reel 10s Linncn & Worsted 

yarn 38s 580 

wool I os Cotton wooll 30s bottles 20s 2 sadles 96s 12 bar<-' 1Is 24s 

2 tubbs 6s 960 

5 swine 100s Calash & Tackling 40s Slay 1 8s 7180 

an old saw mill standing on Ipswich River with v e apurtenances be- 
longing to y e mill without y e priviledge of y e streem 15 00 
An addition of the Farsonall Estate of John Whipple Esq. taken April 17th, 


One silver headed Cain 35s one walnut staff with silver head 13s 28c 

one old Desk 3s pr Cards is 4d 1 Knife and fork 2s about 50 Gro. 

buttons old 6s 0124 

1 pr sheers 6d 1 old press : 1 8s 1 pine chest 4s 1 Table 4s 1 Do 

2s 2 old Chairs is 1 pr stillards 5s 1 14 6 

When the Rev. John Rogers receipted for his son's legacv, as his guardian, it 
is recorded that it was in accordance with the will of "Major John Whipple.' * 
It is important that every clew however slight to the successive generations of 
Whipples be noted, as we enter now a bewildering maze of fohn Whipple, Cap" 
tain John, Major John, Cornet John, Elder John, John Senior, etc., through which 
it is very difficult to thread our way. 

This will of Major Whipple drawn in 1722 contains one item of note in 
determining the age of different portions of the house. It mentions the "kitchen & 
Leanto." One addition, at least, had been made prior to this date; but whether 
it was the very small leanto that seems to have been built first on the northeast 
corner, or the larger and later addition that provided a new kitchen, we can not 
determine. I incline to the former hypothesis, as there is mention of onlv tour 
rooms in the will and inventory. Two slaves are included in his estate, a negro 
man, who was given to Dame Crocker, and Hannah, who became the property of 
the minister's wife, Mrs. John Rogers. We are glad that she was a person of 
sufficient note to he mentioned by name. The humble black man, who was sand- 




wiched in between "an old common right" and "Two Cowes," is menti 
only as a chattel . 

Major John Whipple was the eldest son of Captain John Whipple Senior, who 
made his will in 1683. The will is of value, and is inserted in full. The Inven- 
tory, which follows, is minute and is published in a very slightly abridged form. 



I, John Whipple Sen of Ipswich, having not settled my estate before in case 
of death do thus order the estate which God hath graciously given me. Enprimis 
my will is yt Elizabeth, my well beloved wife, shall enjoy one halfe of my 
dwelling house so long as shee shall see cause to live therein, and if my execut rs 
shall provide her y e going of a cow or two, with y e use of an horse for her occa- 
sions during yt time: And mv will further is yt m^* ?vpr;ir rs « H ^ 11 nay or cause ro 
be paid unto her fifteen pounds by y e year, besides w l is already mentioned during 
v e time of her naturall Life. Item, my will is yt my daught 1 " Susan Lane shall 
have v e portion w ch she hath already Received (which I judge to be about seaventy 
pound) made up an hundred and fifty pounds, in like specie as before. I will also 
that mv sd daughter shall have v e remainder of her portion paid her within three 
years after my decease, my will likewise is, that my youngest daughter Sarah 
Whipple shall be brought up with her mother (if shee be willing thereunto i and 
my executors to allow her w l maintenance is necessary thereunto, <N: to have like- 
wise an hundred and fifty pounds fur her portion at the time of her marriage, or 
when she comes to one and twenty years of age. Concerning my three sons, i: 
was my intent y x if my estate were divided into five parts yt my eldest son should 
enjoy two fifth parts thereof, y e other three to be left for y e other three viz. 
Matthew, Joseph & Sarah. But apprehending that I am not like to escape this 
sicknessc, J thus dispose concerning the same, viz. I will that my son John and 
my son Matthew shall be execut rs of this my last will & testament for v c present & 
y* my son Joseph shall be joyned as an execuf" w th them two, as soon as ever he 
comes to be of age. And then my Will is that if my son fohn enjovs all v e Lands, 
houses, buildings & appurtenances, and Priviledges thereunto belonging where he 
now lives together with y e Land in y e hands of Arthur Abbot to be Added there- 
unto: And that my son Matthew enjoyes y e Lands, houses, where he now lives, 
the appurtenances & priviledges w th y e saw mill & y e Land in y e tenure ot Fennell 
Ross, y* then my son Joseph when he comes of Age shall enjoy y e houses, build- 
ings, Malting office, w th y e other Lands, pasture, Arable & meadow where I now 






live as his right of Inheritance & portion, to him and his heires forever, provided 
y x mv son fohn do help him to orjicr & manage y e same till he himsclfe comes of 
Age. And also my will is that then he pay an hundred pound our .of his estate to 
his sister Sarah, and y e rest of her and her sister Susan's portion to be paid out or* 
y e Debts and other chattels which are round belonging to my estate. But if my 
two elder sons be not satisfied with this Distribution of my Real! estate, my will is 
y l mv whole estate (with what is in my son John's and Matthew's hands alreadv 
of houses and lands) both reall and personal be equally divided by indifferent 
Apprizall into five parts, and if then my eldest son shall have two fifths thereof, my 
son Matthew another fifth, and if Joseph shall have another fifth and y* y° last fifth 
shall be improved to pav debts and other Legacies and y* w 1 ever land falls to am 
of mv three sons shall be to them and their Lleires forever. In witness whereof I 
have set to my hand & seale this second of August 1683. 

John Whipple. 

mv will also is v* if my two sons, John & Matthew choose 

to enjoy y e farmes v c then J n " shall also have y e ten acres 

of marsh by Quilters Sc Matthew as much of mv marsh in JOLIX WHIPPLE 

y e Hundreds to them and their Heires forever excepting y e 

marsh in y e Island w ch mav be sold to pay debts. 

signed, sealed & Delivered in presence of us 

William Hubbard 
Samuel Phillips 
Daniel Epps 
[Probate Records 504:10] 

An Inventory of the Estate of Captaine John Whipple of Ipswich, taken bv 
us whose names are underwritten the tenth of Septemb r 1683 

Impr s His wearing Apparell, Woollen & Linnen prized at £zj 1 8s 27 180 
It. A feather Bed & Bolste r -jQ$ curt ns vallins, coverl d all of 

searge £12 1700 

It. A Diaper tablecloth at J^ 2 5s a shorter Diaper table cloth Jj I 2s 6d 3 76 

It. An old cupboard cloeth 2s Lesser cupboard cloeth 5s towells 4s 11 o 

It. Three Pillow Beeres 9s 9 Diaper napkins 13s 6d 8 napkins 7s 1 9 6 

It. Turkcv worke for chairs & fringe & cloeth to make them £^ 5s 3 5° 
It. Linsy woolsey cloeth 12s 3d a Remnant of Broad cloth 6sayd 

Kersey 8s 16; 
It. Fine cloth to bottom chairs £} 13s cushions 9s a chest of 

drawers £z 15s 6 ij o! 


Two cushion stooles at 6s a great chairc 5s Brass cob irons £ 1 55 

A looking glass 10s two wicker baskets 5s gloves 3s tour 

chairs £ 1 12s 

Two bolsters £1 5s coverlid £ 1 a blanket & sheet £ 1 

A Bedstead & cover 1 6s 6 fine wrought chairs £2 8s 

Three Leather chairs 9s fring cliaire 6s a great chair 61 

Fine Stool fringe 6s cushions 4s ( covered ) 

A line wrought form & stoole ~s brass fire pan tongs & snuffers 

Two pair of iron tongs & a warming pan 12s a case of knives ^s 

Pistolls, holsters & Belt £ 2 15s one cushen and matt 7s 

Brush & Broomes 2s 3 Pictures ^s a Book of Maps 5c 

Thirteen napkins & cowells res a course table cloth 10s 

Two old table-cloths two to wells & two cheese cloth 6s 

Three sheetes 1 8s one sheet 8s one pair of sheets 1 6s 

rv -.-. c iz . u r t - -. i 1 ,-..,;.. <^ -.1 i d i-, ,- 

Um. pail ui niit »lit.Ct.a ^, t \a an Oiv^ pan wo GIG jjwwi\o ^.o 

Two course pillow beers 3s three bolster cases 7s 3 pillow 
beeres 1 sheet 

One sheet 1 2s 6d old sheet 4s another 4s one sheet 8s 
A sheet & Bolster case 3s 6d a Pillow case & drawers 2s 
A vellow silk scarfc 12s an old yellow scarfe 10s 
A yard *A fine holand 1 5s Remn ts of hol nds 3s yarns, thread 
tape 7 s 

One chest 6s a Rapeyer & Belt £1 13s a cutlas 15s a 
Rapeyer 10s 

Files and sawes 3s chissells, gouges, gimblets 3s 8d 
Three pair of sheares 4s 6d two locks 2s one auger is 
One auger is a span shackle & pin 2s old Iron & stirrup irons 6s 
Two old Bills is whissells 35 Basket & Gloves 35 
A Basket & yarne 3s scales &; lead weights 1 2s 
A compas 2s a tile is A Razor & hone 3s Box & old iron 2s 6d 
A great Bible 16s in Books £^ 8s gd 5 Booties ox syrrup 
of clove gill y fl 

Three bottles of Rosewater 6s two Bottles of mint water 3s 
A Glass Bottle of Port wine 2s Angelica water sirrup of gilli 
fl wrs , strawberry water 3 Bottles 4s 3 pint Bottles a great 
Glass 4s 

Three greate Galiv Pots w th w l was in them 4s 2 earthen 
chamber pots, etc 













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5 6 


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4 o 

6 8 

7 6 
9 o 

7 o 

5 c 

8 6 

8 9 

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10 o 


It. A Box Drawers, two peices of twine ^l 2s a bag with sugar 

is 6d 136 

It. Spurs and wyer is 6d 2 caynes 2s croaper and a girdle is 3d o 49 

It. ABedstead and cover above and below curtains and vallanee £2 6d 2 60 

It. A cupboard with small things in it £2 3d A deske and 

drawers 12s 2130 

It. A small Box is a brush and a stock to do limmes is 6d 026 

It. Seaven dishes ot white earthen ware one Bason and a sully bub 

pot 1 6s c 1 6 o 

It. One glass slick stone earthen porrenger and pot 3s 2 flower 

pots is 040 

It. eight cushens £1 10s table 10s great chair 43 3 small 

chaires 6s . 2100 

It. To a great chaire 4s window curtain is 6d part of a Buriing 

cloth 8* 0136 

It. Forty cheeses -£>, an apple trough 6s two powdering tubs 

6s 6d Lether 2s 5146 

It. Three beer Barrells 8s a great glass is a powdering tub 5s 

and old tubs 4s 18c 

It. Two andirons 1 45 churn 4s firkin w th 4 lb of butter £ 1 5s — 230 

It. Two earthen pots 2s 4 pound candles 2s 8d a hand jack 

is 3d 2 p r scales gaily pot 10 5 

It. The best pewter 7 7 lb ^7 7 14s 10 lb more of pewter Si old 

pewter 15 lb £[\ candlesticks ,£1 10 14 o 

It. a Bed pan 9s two basons 8s four old candlesticks 9s 5 salt 

sellers 5s one more 2s 1 13 o 

It. Two Basons & 4 Pottingers one beaker 9s 6 new pottingers 

7» 6d a pottinger 4s 106 

It. Two pint pots 6s flagon 1 4s 2 quart pots 6s 160 

It. Two old chamb r pots 1 os 4 lb old pewter & a 3 qt bason 9s 

cop r pot 6s tin- ware 6s tin ? I 1 1 c 

It; Plate one bowle ? ^3 three spoons j£ 1 10s silver cup 10s 

pair buttons 2s 6d three pair buttons 3s one buckle is a pair 

of shoe buckles 6s 3 dozen of plate buttons £ 1 6126 

It. a still with Instrum ts belonging ,£1 10s tin lanthorn is beams 

for scales & weights 2 1 o 

t. a Box iron 4s a smoothing iron is a brass copp er £~ a great 

Brass pan ^2 14s 9 19 o 


It. Two small brass pans £\ 1 2s 6d old copper kittle 15s a 

brass kittle -Q\ 5s 
It Two small brass skillets 6s 2 small brass Ladles & one skimmer 

4s 6d 
It. A biass bason 4s skillet 5s a little brass kettle 7s skillet 4s 
It. Wool combs w th belongs to them 1 6s a brass chafeing dUh 3s 
It. Two bell mettle pots one £2 5s y e other £1 5s an iron 

kettle 8s & lit 1 iron- pot 
It. Two dozen of trenchers is 6d one tray 6 old dishes w th other 

dishes 3s 4d two piggins is 6d 
It. Three cheeshoopes is earthen Pitcher 3d one payle, one piggin 

& strainer 3s 9d 
It. An iron pot $c pot-hooks 9s 6d two tramels w lh irons to hang 

upon 1 2s 
It. a pair oi bellows, meat forke, augar & gridiron 4s a trammel 

with hooks to it 1 2s 
It. a fowling piece .£1 10s two carbines £2 a jack, weight & a 

spit £2 10 
It. a salt box Sc salt is two old bibles is 4 old chairs & old 

joynt stoole 4s 
It. a mcale trough 6s sives ^s 6d shreding knife is frying pan 

and marking iron 4s 
It. a cushion 3s cap & fardingalls is a kettle & skillet 9s 
It. a bed & bedding 1 5s old spinning wheel 3s an old chest 3s 
It. The Homestead at towne, dwelling house, kilne & other houses 
It. a great saddle bridle & breast plate, crouper w th a cover at £1 ics 
It. Pistols, holsters, breast plate crooper & simiter £2 5s 
It. a tramel & slice 6s 
It. two keelers 4s 

It. Lawrence y e Indian at ^4 3 yds crape at 6s 
It. The far me Landes, Arthur Abbots housing & land 
It. Fennel Rosses housing & land 
It. The saw-mill w th all implements belonging to it 
It. John's house & barn & kilne at 140 
It. Matthew's house & barn 

The total appraisal was ^3314. 

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It will be noticed that the homestead was apportioned to Joseph in the will. 


t in the final division as it is recorded under date of Oct. 31, 1684, fohn re- 
eivedj"the mansion house his hither deceased in wth Barn, outhouses, Kilne, or- 
chards & homestead wth commonage & privileges in and upon Two acres & a half 
of land be it more or less, called ye Homestead in Ipswich Touiie." [Book 305: 
folio 135]. 

Captain Whipple's farm lands included the present Gardner estate, I judge, 
in Hamilton. His wealth was very unusual in his day, and the appraised value of 
the house with its modest house lot is phenomenal. It was valued at .£330. 

Gen. Denison's property was inventoried the year before, 1682, and his 
dwelling house was appraised at £ 1 60. [Ipswich Records 4:506]. He was a 
man of wealth [^2105], and his house had been built but a tew vears, as his 
earlier residence had been burned, yet this fine residence as we mav imagine it to 
have been, was reckoned worth le^s than half as much as Capt. Whipple's 

Pep. Gov, Samuel Symonds died on Ocr. ijrH. 16-^. fiv^ vears before 
leaving an estate of 2534. pounds sterling, but his house and about two acres in 
town, in the very center, were estimated worth only one hundred and fifty pounds. 

These valuations confirm me in the belief that Captain Whipple's mansion 
was the grandest in the town or in the larger neighborhood. He inherited a com- 
fortable fortune from his father, John Whipple, the elder of the church. His will 
and inventory made in the year 1669, and indorsed upon the outside "Elder John 
Whipple" are as follows: 


[Filed, not recorded.] 

In the name of God, Amen. I, John Whipple Senior of Ipswich in New- 
England, being in this present time of perfect understanding and memorv, rhough 
weake in body, committing my soule into the hands of Almightv God, and mv 
body to decent buryall, in hope of Resurrection unto Eternall life bv the Merit 
and power of Jesus Christ, my most mercyfull Saviour and Redeemer, doe thus 
dispose of the temporall Estate w ch God hath graciousely given mee. 
Imprimis. I give unto Susanna Worth of Newbery my eldest daughter thirtv 

pounds and a silver beer bowle and a silver wine cup. 
Item. I give unto my daughter Mary Stone twenty pounds and one silver wine 

cup, and a silver dramme cup. 
Item. I give unto my daughter Sarah Goodhue twenty pounds. And all the rest 

of my houshold goods my will is that they shall be equally divided betwixt mv 


three daughters atbre sayd. Due for their other Legacyes my will is that they 
should bepayd them w th in two yeares after my decease : and it it should so tall 
out \ -t any of my daughters above sayd should be taken away by death before 
this time of payment be come, my will is that the Respective Legacyes be 
pavd to their Heyres when thev come ot" age. Likewise I give unto Antony 
Potter, my son-in-law sometime, fourty shillings. 

Moreover I give unto Jennett my beloved Wife ten pounds which my will is 
y 1 it should be pavd her besides the fourteen pound, and y e annuity of six 
pounds a veare engaged unto her in the Articles of Agreement before our 
Marryage. Concerning the fourscore pound, which is to be Returned backe 
to her after my decease, my will is y l it should be payed (both for time and 
manner of Pavy according to y e sayd Agreement, viz: one third part in 
wheat, Mault and Indian Come in equall proportions, the other two thirds in 
neat Cattle under seaven yea rc old. Further my will is y r no debt should be 
charged upon my said wife as touching any of h.~r daughters, until] it be Hrj: 
proved to arise from the account of Mercy, Sarah or Mary. 
I do appynt my loving friends, M r William Hubbard and Mr. John Rogers of 
Ipswich, the overseers of this my last will and Testament, and I doe hereby 
give them power to determine any difference \ -t may arise betwixt my executor,, 
and any of the Legatees, aforesayd, about y e payments aforesayd. Lastly I 
ordayn and Appoynt my son John Whipple the sole executor of this my last 
will and Testament. To whom I give ail the rest of my estate, both houses 
lands, cattle, Debts from whomsoever due and to his heyres forever. 
In confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this icfh day 

of May, 1669. In the presence of 

William Hubbard The marke of 

Robert Day 

The marke of [ 1 1 Edward Lummas John ""£) Whipple 

This will was presented in court held at Ipswich the 28 of September, 1669, 
by the oath of Mr. Wry Hubbard and Robert Day zo be the las: will and testa- 
ment of Elder John Whipple deceased to the best of their kuowleage. As attest. 
Robert Lord, cleric. 

An inventorv of the estate of Mr. John Whipple deceased the 30 of June, 

Impr. The farme contayning about three hundred and sixty acres 150 00 
It. The houses and lands in ye Towne contayning about one hun- 
dred acres z;o o o 
It. In apparell 9 00 























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Jt. In hnnen 

It. A Heather bed with appurtenances 

It. Jn Place 

It. In Pewter 

It. In Brasse 

It. In chayres, cushions, & other small things 

It. A still' 

It. Two flock Beds 

It. Two Tables 

It. One musquet, one pr of mustard quernes 

It. Andirons, firepan & tongs 

It. Two mortars, two spirts 

It. In Bookes 

444 1 o 
Ipswich July 15th '69 

Richard Hubbard 

John Appletox 

(The originals are endorsed ''Elder John Whipple)" 

The inventory was delivered in court held at Ipswich the 28 of September, 1669, 
upon the oath of cornett John Whipple to be a full & true inventory of the estate of 
his {father, deceased, to the best of his knowledge and if more appears afterward it 

should be added. As attest, 


. Robert Lord, Cleric. 

7'he Elder's estate included the large 360 acre farm which had been divided 
into several by the prosperous Cornet and Captain, and other propertv, entered as 
"houses and lands in ye Towne contayning about one hundred acres," valued at 
^£250. The two acre homelot and homestead was contained in this beyond a 
doubt, but we can not be sure how mnch else is included. It does not seem r 
ble that Captain Whipple's mansion should have been identical with the Elder's 
house. The great increase in value within the short period of fourteen pears, 
1669 — 1683, indicates at least a substantial enlargement or rebuilding. ■ This 
supposition harmonizes perfectly wich the fact, apparent to every observer, that the 
eastern half of the present edifice was added to the western portion, and the elab- 
orate and costly style of the newer work presupposes such ample wealth as Cap- 
tain Whipple possessed. 

A very interesting parallel to such an enlargement is found in the old 
Howard or Ringe house, as it is called, near the Stone Bridge on Turkey Shore. 



In William Howard's will dated July 23d, 1709, he savs, "Item, I give unto 

my loving and well-beloved wire the use both of the old end of mv house man- 
sion and of the new end, so far as she shall have occasion for during her na r - 
ural life." 

"Item. I give to my two sons [ohn and Si'.niel Howard, viz. to mv son 
John, the new end of my house mansion which is not yet fully finished, with 
half the stack of chimneys built in said ne.v cud, which will nest serve for the 
use thereof. 

"Item. I give to my son Samuel mv old mansion house and also one-half 
of the stack of chimneys built in the new end of said house, which will best suit 
for the accommodation of said mansion house. 

Evidently a considerable change in the chimney of the old house was in- 
volved, and in our house, it is evident that the chimney stack was enlarged when 
this new portion was added. The Western half of our house was probably there- 
101'c ILluci t A hippie s home, and as the fashion o; houses wa3 in those days, ii was 
a very good and comfortable house, much larger and better than many which 
were built in that period. Did he build it? Probable. Yet when he acquired 
his full title to the estate, a house was already built. The deed is recorded in the 
old Ipswich Record, (1.89) and reads thus: 

Md. that I, John Fawne, gent, do by these presents, allow, certihe & con- 
firme, unto Mr. John Whipple his heires and assigns forever, a certaine bargaine & 
sale of an Jiouse- & house lott in Ipswich conteining by estimation two acres & a 
halfe, more or lesse, formerly sould unto the said [ohn Whipple bv John Jolly, 
Samuell Appleton, John Cogswell. Robert Muzzey, & Humphrev Broadstreete & 
doe hereby release all my right and title thereunto, as witness mv hand & scale, 
this 1 oth day of October, 1650 John Fawne. 

The original deed is not to be found, and this quit claim deed only perfects 
the title to the property, which was purchased by Whipple from six well-known 
citizens acting in some collective capacity, not yet discoverable. Rat it is of great 
value as proving Fawn's original ownership. But John Whipple was living on 
this spot in 1642, for in that year the town ordered that John Whipple "should 
cause the fence to be made between the house late Captain Denison's and the sayd 
John Whipple, namely on the side next Capt, Denison's." But Fawn's occu- 
pancy of this location had ceased in 1 6 3 S , inasmuch as in our Town Record, it 
was recorded in 1638, that eight acres had been granted to Samuel Appleton 
above the Mill, the Town River on the South Fast, the house lot formerly Juhn 
Fawne's North East, and the highway leading into the Common, North west." 
Whipple may have been living there at that early period, but 1 cannot believe 


that even the oldest part of this venerable house could have been in existence then. 

The original Whipple house, was probably some cheap, hastily buill 

and thatch. It was only when life became less precarious in the nets settlement, 

that time and trouble could be taken to build substantial dwellings. 

These ancient grants afford us the first links in the chain of collateral evidence 
which confirms our identification of the property mentioned in these various wills 
with our mansion and lot. 

Our Town Record mentions that Mr. Fawne had a houselot adjoining to Mr. 
Appleton, six acres near the mill. 

Daniel DenLon had a house ]ct, next Mr. Fawne' s "to come to the scirt of 
the hill next the swamp." Denison's lor is again described as "near the mill, 
containing about two acres, which he hath paled in and built an house upon it, 
having Mr. Fawn's house lot on the South west." 

Denison's property included the tract bounded by Market, Winter & Union 
Sts. The Applet'!" 1 , lot was on both sides of the Topsfield road, bevond therre-er: 
railway crossing. Fawn's land lay between them. As he sold only two and a 
half acres to Vt hippie the balance of his original grant had been sold apparently to 
Mr. Appleton as he always appears as the abutter on the western side. 

The grant to Denison originally included a lot that bounded the Whipple land 
on the South-East, i. e. toward the River. This was owned afterwards by John 
Burnham and Anthony Potter. A portion of this original Denison grant was 
owned by Jeremiah Belcher. 

On the occasion of his marriage with Marv Lockwood, Belcher conveved to 
Mr. Robert Paine, Richard Brown of Newburv and Rob. Lord of Ipswich, "in 
behalf of the sayd Mary etc " "his now dwelling house with out-houses, orchards 
yards, gardens & all other the appurtenances and priviledges thereunto belonging, 
which house is scituate, lying & being in Ipswich aforesavd, neare the mill on the 
north side the river, having the said river toward the southeast, and the land or 
John Whipple toward the norwes:." 30:7:1652 [Ipswich Deeds, l:23o/]Twelve 
years later, Jeremiah Belcher mortgaged his farm & town property to Capt. Geo. 
Corwin. The dwelling and land about it is described as follows: "On the West 
v. 1 • r V. MI!" River, having the River on the East side thereof, the land of Elder 
\ .. ^vest, and on the north, the Towne and mill & bordering south- 

ward upon the land of Eider Whipple. [Essex Deeds, 2:92.] 

On the 8th of April, 1672, Anthony Potter sold Samuel Belcher ( son of 
Jeremiah) a small piece of land, "joyneing to the houselott of Jeremiah Belcher and 
bounded therewith and with the river on the South and Southwest syde, and with 
the houselott of John Whipple on the Northwest and with the highway on the North 

i *t*.m.m* 


Last, all which piece of land f had of ]< hn Buniham." [Ipswich Deeds, 3:223.] 
On April zoth, i^7 2 » the Rev. Samuel Belcher, Pastor on the Lie of Shoals, 
sold to Edward Lumase, in behalf of Richard Saltonstall, Esq. 

"A parcel! of ground near unto the mill, for to sett a house upon fur the miller, 
that shall keepe the mills from tyme to rime, to live and dwell in while he or the.' 
shall keepe the savd mills," "conteineing about six rodds of land bounded bv a 
fence of pales toward the West., the barne of [eremiah Belcher toward the South, 
downe to a rockc near the end of the sd. barne toward the East, & comon land or 
highway, where gravel 1 hath beene digged cowards the North." [Ipswich Deeds, 

This is the only deed which contains the name of Saltonstall. Before 
remarking on it, let me add two others. Mary Belcher, the widow of Jeremiah, set 
over to her son Samuel, who then resided in Ipswich, * 'all that houselott given & 

IlUtUC UVl_l 

Jointure on Marriage, bounded by 

J v 

grist mill in Ipswich easterly, Mr. John Appleton's land Southerly, Mr. John 

Whipple's land Northerly, the other part bounded by the way to sd Land or lott, 
and partly by land granted to Major Dennison, now possessed and built on by 
Samuel Belcher." Novem. 11:1692 [Essex Deeds 49:25 1] 

In 171 3, Sept. 25, Mr. Samuel Belcher sold this property to Capt. John 
Whipple "one hal'fe acre of Land be ye same more or less with y e house, barn and 

orchard standing thereon bounded northeasterly by a highway Leading to v e 

mill, Southeasterly by Ipswich River, Southwesterly bv Land of Col. John Apple- 
ton, Northwesterly by Land of y e above sd Capt. John Whipple." 

[Essex Deeds, 29:61] 

Comparing these deeds it will be seen at once that the bit of land sold to Mr. 
}■•'■■■ . 

Saltonstall for the miller's house, was only a part of Samuel Belcher's land, and 

that the whole Belcher property was bounded then, as it had been tor many years 
) by the Whipple estate. Apart from that a six rod lot is rather small for a mansion 

like this, though it were then only hah its present length. 

The old Jeremiah Belcher lot reappears in the "Brackenbury lot" which 
William Brackenburv, of Xorrh Carolina, planter, then in Ipswich, sold to Xath. 
Farley about 3/ acre, which is bounded b\ John Crocker, the River and other land 
of Farley's. On April 30:1771, [Essex Deeds 129:112] when the heirs ol 
oseph Crocker sold to Col. Hodgkins, the lot was bounded bv land of Enoch 
Pearson and Joseph Farley, the river, etc. 

Not a link of anv importance is lacking. pedigree of the land is 


through Fawn, the Whipples, and the Crockers to Col. Hodgkins. The abutting 

estates are always bounded by these owners. Mr. Saltonstall never m inch 

of land on this site. The estate always includes two or two and a half acre . I 
dwell on this only in the interest of exact historic truth. We cannot call our 
house by the name of Saltonstall. If any name is given ir, that of Whipple has 

first claim. 

To my mind the particular name we give this house is of small roc 

The old mansion itself is a constant reminder of all the glorious names 
hallow and illumine the early years of our town life, Saltonstall and Wini 
Symonds and Denison, Ward and Norton and Hubbard and all the rest. They 
were all friends of the Elder. Every one of them may have crossed our threshold. 
As we sit here in the flickering fire-light we seem to see them i ti g as -:' old, and 
conversing on the great themes, matters of public safety, aifairs of church and 
state, and the momentous events that were happening in the dear old E;: 
which were much in their minds. i he old pavement in the door yard rings 
with the hoof-beats or" Capt. Whipple's horse hurrying to lead his troopers on a 
swift ride to Andover to repel an Indian assault. John A: jleton and 7 . 
French are talking in this very room of their imprisonment and trial for a 
resistance to the royal governor's edict, and demanding reprerren cation be ore 
would submit to taxation. Col. Hodgkins and Col. Wade and Major B.i- 
smoke and sip their steaming cup.-, and chat of Bunker Hill and Yorktown, of Bur- 
govne and Cornwallis, Washington and Lafayette. 

The rumble of Polly Crafts' loom overhead, the whirr of spinning ,vhe Is, 
the beat of the churn, the roar of great winter fires, the hissing of meats 
long spits, the voices of children at their play, or demurely reciting the catechism, 
the good-wife's chat with neighboring gossips, the loud laughter of the slaves, : le 
tale of love, the solemn declaration of the last Will and Testament, the wee 
of mourners blend strangely together in these low vaulted rooms. 

We see visions as we sit and dream, of Thanksgiving feast days, when the 
long tables groaned under their weight of delicacies, of vveddin and fune .-.•. 
of home-comings and leave-takings. 

Thus the life of the ancient time? revives again, the history of other 
becomes a living reality, and the sombre old mansion is made a living, 5] . 
witness to the naturalness, the simplicity, the sturdiness, the refinement, the 
tion of the old Puritan home life. 

It remains for us, catching the inspiration of this hour, to make this hous 
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BIRTHS, 1690 -1593 

William, son to John and Grace Harris, born Novem r 26, 1690. 

Mary, daughter to Tho s and Rebecka Lull, born October y c 22, 1690. 

Jacob, the son of Jacob and Sarah Perkins, born Jan. 3d, 1690. 

Dorcas and Rebecka, daughters to John Jewett s r and Elizabeth his wife, born 
December 7th, 1690. 

John, son to Mr. Francis and Sarah Wainwright, born January 7, 1690. 

An, daugh to Will. ^\^ r,iizabcth U<i^iidn, uom : 10^ 1 i iu 1090. » 

Leucey, daugh tr to Caleb and Leucey Kimbole, born Aug st 19, 169c. 

Thomas, son to James and Mary Chute, born January 30, 1690. 

Benjamin, son to M r Joseph and Rachel Goodhue, born Janu'T 25, i6g( 

Joseph, son to John and Mary Annable, born January y e 31st, 1690. 

Sarah, daughter to John and Eliz: Hodgkin, born Feb r l, 1690. 

Christopher, son to Christoph 1 " and Tabbathy Hodgkin, born Dece br Sth, 

Joseph, son to Rob 1 and Abigail Knight, borne Feb 1 " y e 27th, 1690. 

Jonadab, son to John and Kathrine Wake, borne Feb r 20th, 1690. 

Philip, son to Nathaniel! and Mary Lord, born March 5, 1690 (0 
- Mary, daughter to Sam 11 and Ruth Chapman, born January 2, 1690. *' 

Daniel, son to Daniel and Sarah Danison, born March 23, 1690. 

Mary, daughter to Samuel and Mary Chote, born Decem br 31, 1690. 

John, son to John and EIizab)th Lovell, borne Dece. 6, 1690. 

Hanah, daughter to John and Din( ogers, borne August 13th, 1690. 

Thomas, son to Edma( )ind Martha Stephens, borne y e 1st J r of 
1 69 1 . 

Martha, daughter to Mr. John Rogers (farmer) and Martha his 
borne October the 12th, 1691. 

Samuell, son to Robert and Abigail Lord, born Aprill 14th, [691. 

Martha, daughter to John and Hanah How, born June 13, 169 I. 

Hannah, daughter to Joseph and Mary Lee, born Apr 11 loth, 1691. 

'.) )ic 

w ire, was 


Robert, son of Robert and( ) Hannah Dutch born; )t dav Jan r v, 1692. 
Elizabeth, daughter to Giles and Agnus Cotves, borne March y* e 26, 1691. 
Thomas, son to Samuel! and Johanah Potter, born Apr 11 13th, 1691. 
Joseph, son to Zacheriah and Hanah Glarior, born October 1 y.h, 1691. 
Elizabeth, daughter of John and Sarah West, born July 31, 168&. 
John, son of John and Sarah West,- — February 25, [690-91. 
Thomas, son of Phillip and Hanah Welch, born Aprill 13, 1691. 
Robert, son or" John and Elisabeth Chote, born Aprill 27, 1691. 
Anna, daughter of Samueil and Elisabeth Storv, born March 31, 1691. 
Susana, daughter of -Mr. John and Margaret Cogswell, born May 5, 1691. 
Mary, daughter to Jacob Foster jn r and Sarah his wife, born May 13, 1691. 
William, son of Mr. Bonus Norton and Marv his wife, borne May 9, 1 69 1 . 
Hanah, daughter to John and Hanah Adams, born Aprill 25, 1 69 1 . 
John, son of Nehemiah and Remember Abbatt, borne Aprill v c 9, 1691. 
Johana, daughter to Benidictus and Susanna Pulcifer, born Mac 10th, 1691. 
John, son of Mr. John and Elisabeth Wainwright, born June 14, 1 69 1 . 
Eunice, daughter of" Jacob and Sarah Perkins, was born March 14th, 1691. 
Nathaniel, son of" John and Abigail Dane, borne June 27, 1 09 1 . 
Sarah, daugh tr to Thom s and Phillip Emerson, born July y e 6, 169 1. 
Daniell, son of John and Ester Harris, borne August v e 2^, 169 1. 
Elisabeth, daughter to John and Johana Yell, born June 15, 1691. 
John, son of Isaac and Elisabeth Littlehale, born July 15, 1691, 
Sarah, daughter to William and Sarah Baker, borne Septemb r the 19th, 1.69 1. 
Joseph, son of" John and Hanah Loverell, borne Septem br 23, 1691. 
Samueil, sun of Samueil and Sarah Wallis, borne September 23, 169 1. 
Richard, son of" Richard and Lidea Kimbole, borne August 1 7, 1 69 1 . 
"""*"-—- Martha, daugh tr to Seth and Elisabeth Story, borne Sepremb 1 " 28, 1691. 
Thomas, son of" Cale*b and Luce Kimbole, born September v e 1st, 1691. 
Sam 11 , son of" Mr. Joseph and Susana Jacob, borne December v e 1st, 1691. 
David, son of Richard and Mary Belcher, borne Decemb 1 " 19, 1691. 
Daniell, son of" Daniell and Hanah Ringe, borne Janu r y 6th, 1 69 I . 
Liddea, daughter of Tho s and Elisabeth Fosse, borne Janu r v 3d, 1691. 
Hanah, daughter of Simon and Hanah Adams, borne Jan "7 iS, 1691. 
Johanah, daughter to John and Mary Harris, borne January iS, 1691. 
Jane, daughter to Aron and Ann Pengery, born January 24, 1691. 
Solomon, son to Phillip and Grace Ireland, born 

Samueil, son of Sam' 1 , and Mary Chote, borne January y e icth, 1 69 1 . 
James, son of James and Man' Burnafn, borne January y e 30, 1691, 


i ) 

Mary, daughter Nathaniel! and Martha Emerson, born January 19, 1691. 

Martha, daugh tr to Andrew and Mary Burly, born March 3d, 1691-2. 

Susana, daughter of Mr. Tho 8 and Elisabeth Wade, born Feb r 2c, [691-2. 

Nathaniell, son of Nachanicll and Sarah Hovey, born Jane 29, 1691. 

Elizabeth, daughter to Jacob and Elizabeth Perkins, borne Marchl 8th, 1690 ( 

Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mar. Lord, borne March 21, [691. 

Joseph, son of Francis and Alice Uvine, was borne February y c 23d in y c 
year of our Lord 169 1-2. 

Susana, daugh tr to Serg 1 Tho s Burnam an Esther his wife, was born 
29th, 1692-3. 

Sarah, daughter to John and Manah How, born Feb r . v 8th, 1692-3. 

William, son to James and Elisabeth Burleigh, born Feb r >' 27, [692-3. 

Hanah, daugh tr to Nathaniel and Mary Chapman, born Feb r 8th, 1691-2. 

Margaret, daugh tr to Abraham and Margaret Fitts, born Jan r > 25, 1691-2, 

John, son to Nicholas and Elisabeth Pearle, born July 17th, 1692. 

Thomas, son of Ebenezar and Rebeccah Harris, bornMarcli 2.1, \Gjz. 

Thomas, son of foseph and Mar\' Fuller, borne April! 6, 1692. 

Archelaus, son of Joseph and Mary Whipple, borne March 26, 1692. 

John, son of" John and Ruth Denison, borne April! 28, 1692. 

Ebenezer, son to Thomas and Susana Dow, borne May 26, 1692. 

John, son to Sam 11 and Llanah Perkins, borne May 12, 1692. 

Edward, son to Timothy and Lidea Bragg, borne July ic, 1692. 

John, son to John and Sarah Caldwell, borne August 19, 1692. 

Elisabeth, daughter to Tho s and Rebecka Lull, born Aug st 28, 1692. 

Nehemiah, son of Nehemiah and Rememb r Abbott, born Octob r 19, 1692. 

"Ephraim, son of Sam 11 and Elisabeth Story, borne October 22, 1692. 

Ruth, daught r to Joseph and Sarah Whipple, born Octob r 27, 1692. 

Thomas, son of Xath 1! and Debora Knowlton, born Novem br 8, 1692. 

Elisabeth, daught 1 " to Sam 11 and Martha Smith, born Novem bl 


Samuell, son of Samuell and Mary Dodge, borne Decem br 11, 1692. 

Sarah, daughter to Mr ; John and Kathrine Whipple, borne Decem br 16, 1692. 

Arson, son to Richard and Lidea Kimball, borne Januarv ic, 1692. 

Hanah, daughter of Mr. John Whipple the third and Hanah his wife, borne 
June the 30, 1692. 

Rebecca, daughter of John and Grace Harris, borne Jan r >' II, 1692. 

Sarah, daughter to Mr. Francis and Sarah Wainwright, borne Januarj 26, 

Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah Day, born Jan r >' 9, 1692. 


Mary, daughter of Caleb and Mary Boynton, horn Jan r >' 21:92. 

Sarah, daughter to William and Sarah Baker, borne October y c 2 2d, [692. 
* Ephraim, son to Thomas and Martha Smith, born August 12th, 1602. 

Giles, son to Mr Giles and Agnus Cowes, born January v e 28th, 1692. 

Israeli, son to Abraham and Sarah How, born janav 24, 1692-3. 

John, son to Mr. John Rogers, minister, and Mrs. Martha his wife, was 
borne January 27th, 1692. 

John, son of Joseph and Sarah Avers, borne Feb r 26, 1692:3. 

Joseph, son of Joseph and Susana Jacob, borne March 12, i692:( 

Abigail, daught r to Nathaniel and Mary Wells, borne Aprill 12th, 1693. 

John, son to Henry and Sarah Spiller, borne May 3d, 1693. 

Edward, son of Edward and Martha Stevens, borne March 17, 1692-3. 

Sarah, daughter to Joseph and Mary Whipple, borne Maye 14th, 1693. 

John, son to Luke and Sarah Perkins, borne May v e 14th, 1693. 

Jemina, daughter to Thompson and Martha Wood, borne May 18, 1693. 

Daniel, son to Col!° John Aorleton and Eliz a born 8 Aug st 1692. 

Nathaniel, son to John and Mary Warner, borne July y c 6th, 1693. 

John, son of John and Sarah Welch, borne Sept. v e 6, 1693, 

Eliza Berry, daug 1 to Thomas and Marg n Berrv, born Sept. 20, 1693. 

Robert, son to Thomas and Margerv Knowlton, borne Sept. 7th, 1693. 

Nath 11 son to C0II John Appleton and EKz a born 9 Dec, 1693. 

Sam 11 son to Mr. John and Elizabeth Wainwright, born August 31st, 1693. 

Philamon, son of 'Mr. Philamon and Ruth Dane, born Sept. 16, 1693. 

John, son to Will w and Man' Goodhu, born August y e 2s, 1693. 

Thomas Kinsman, son of Thomas and Elisabeth Kinsman, was born April y e 
3d. an Dom. 1693. 

Elisabeth, daughter to Benjamin and Elisabeth Dutch borne Sept. 20th, 1692 
and died October the 2 2d. 

Elisabeth, daughter to Benjamin and Elisabeth Dutch, was borne Septemb 1 " 14, 

Elisabeth, daughter to Thomas and Philip Emerson, born July the 16, 1693. 

Joseph, son of John and Katherine Wake, was born May 2^, 1693. 

Elihu, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Rowell, was born November 29, 1693. 

Abigail, daughter to Robert and Abigail Lord, borne June 17, 1693. 

Jeremiah, son to Mr. John and Margaret Staniford, born Sept. 6, 1693. 

John, son of John and Sarah Kimball, borne October 19th, 1693. 

Joseph, son of John and Sarah Kimball, borne Octob r 19, 1693. 



Elisabeth, daughf to Nthanacll and Mary Lord, was born Nov< 

anno 1693. 

Richard, son of Richard and. Mar) Belcher, born October 22, 1693. 
Robert, son to Joseph and Mary CalefF, was borne Decemb r ye 12th, 169}. 
Sarah, the Jiught r of Tho s and Sarah Lufkin, was born Decemter y e zlst, 

anno Dom. I 693. 

Ester, y c daught r or Nathaniel and Mary Ilovey was born December y- 22.:, 
anno 1693. 

John, the son of John and Johanna Yell, was burn Januarv the 20th, 1693-4. 

Elisabeth, daughter of Benjamin and Susana Skillion, was borne December 
25, 1693. 

John, y e son of Ma the w Whipple sen 1 " and Johanna his wife, was born July 
id, 1689. 

Johana, y e daughter of Mathew Whipple sen r and Johanna his wife, was born 
July 2 2d, 169:. 

Appleton, the son to Mathew Whipple sen r and Johanna his wife, was born 
Octob r 19th, 1693. 

Nathan, y fc son of Ithamar and Bethyale Wooden was born October the 24th, 
anno Dom. 1693. 

Aaron, son to Jeremiah Jewet and Elisabeth Jewet his wife, was burn y c 10th 
ofFcb r >', 1693. 

John, the son of Jacob and Sarah Perkins, was born Oct br 17th, 1693. 

Lucia, daughter to Caleb and Lucia Kimbole, was born Septemb r y e 19th, 
anno Domini, 1 693. 

Alice, daught r of John and Mar)' Sevwin, was born February y e 2.d, anno 
Pom 1 1693-4,. 

Arthom, the son of Philip and Mary Abbot, was born Feb r ->' the T,d. third, 
anno. 1693-4. 

Margaret, daught r of Benedictus and Susanna Pulsifer, born Feb 1 "? 14th, 

Samuel, son of Mr. John Cogswell sen*" and Margaret his wife, was 
Feb'"- 23d, 1693-4. 

Anna, daughter of Ephraim Fellows and Anna his wire was burn Feb'- :>, 
anno Domini 1693-4. 

Thomas, son of John and Margaret Edwards, was born February the 28th, 
anno Domini 1693-4. 

William, son of Joseph and Mary Fuller, borne March 7, i6y( 


Anne, daught r to Mr. Jonathan Cogswell anil Elisabeth his wife, was born 
A larch y e 28th, 1694. 

Annice, daught 1 " to William and Sarah Hunt, was born Apr 11 15th, anno 
Domini 1689. 

Mary, y e daughr 1 " or' William and Sarah Hunt, was born Feb r / y c 1 2th, 
1 690- 1. 

Abigail, daught 1 of William and Sarah Hunt, was born Dccemb r v c 30th, an. 
Dom' 1692. 

Varney, y e son of John and Rachell Fellows, was born March y c 25th, an. 

James Burnam and Mary his wife had a son born named Joshua, Apr 1 19th, 

Thomas Lord and Mary his wife had a son named Robert, born April y- 2d, 
anno 1694. 

Jonathan, son to Mr. John Rogers (farmer) and Martha his wire, was borne 
May the first 1694. 
^ Michael, the son of Nathaniel Chapman and Mary his wife, was born May 

the 13th, 1694. 

Peter, son of Francis and Alice Vrine was born May 15, 1694. 

Mary, dafter — Thomas and Mary Tredwell jun r , was born June y c 8,1694. 

Andrew, son of Andrew and Marab Burly, born June 14, 1694. 

James, son to John and Hannah How, born March 29, 1 69 ( ■ 

Elisabeth daughter of Isaac and Elisabeth Littlchale, born June 5, 1694. 

Francis, son of Francis and Hanah Crompton, borne May 3 1, 1694. 
~'^~ John, son to Samuel and Elisebeth Story, born June [9, 1694. 

Ebenesar, son to Ebenesar and Rebecka Harris, borne July 1 ith, 1694. 

Mary, daughter oi Joseph and Marjory Ayers, borne August 10, 1694. 

Nathaniel, sun to Timothy and Lidea Bragg, born August 8th, 1694. 

Francis, daughter of Henry and Margaret Bennet, was born September the 
8th, anno Domini, 1694. 

Lidea, daughter of Richard and Lidea Kimball, was born September the four- 
teenth, 1694. 

Simon, son of Simon Adams and Hanah his wife, was borne October the 
twentieth, 1694. 

Sarah, daught 1 " of Daniell and Sarah Rogers, born Ap 11 27, 1694. 

Frances, D ar to Henry and Marg" Bennett, born Aprill 8, 1694. 



Thomas \ arnev, y c son ofCorp e ' Varnev, born io ! ' r 24, 16^2. 
John Durgy, y e son John Durgy, wa 3 born </" , 23, 1689. 
Andrew Durgy, son of John Durgy, wa*, born Sept. 20th, 1692. 
Sarah Parsh, daughr 1 " of John Parsh, born JanT 16th, 1692. 
Elisabeth Bur nam, daught r of [no. Burnum 3d, born M 1 '*- 1 ' 24, 169 j. 
Sarah Stimson, daught r of Georg Stimson, was born June 14th, 1 691. 
Susanna Marshall, daught 1 of'B.enjam Marshall, born io ijr 2d, 1693. 
Dorothy Cogs wel, daught r of William Cogswel ju r born Aug- 1 31s:, 1692. 
William Cogswel, son of" Adam Cogswel, born Dec br 14th, 160;. 
Abigail Cogswel, y c daught r of Adam Cogswell, born M rch 21, [688-9. 
Adam Cogswell, y e son of Adam Cogswell, born Ap rf 17th, [691. 
Jeremiah Cogswell, y e son of Adam Cogswell, born Feb. 22d, 1693. 
Mary, daughter to John and Mary Hains, born July, 19th, 1694. 
Bethiah, daught r of Thomas and Bethiah Adams, born October y e twencv- 
: first, anno Domini, 1694. 

Lidea, daughter to John ana Sarah Day, born Octb r 27th, [694. 

Elisabeth, daughter of Edmund and Abigail Potter, born Novemb r i~, 1694. 

Mary, daught r of Thomas and Martha Smith, was born September v e 10th, 

! 1694* 

Rebecca, daught r of Thomas Lull jun r and Rebecca his wife, was born Nov br 
y c twenty sixth anno, 1694. 

Martha, daught r . to Mr. John Rogers (minister) and Martha his wife, born 
Vov br 2d, 1694. 

Mary, daughter of Abraham Pitts and Mary his wife, was born [anuarj the 
Jth, anno 1694-5. 

Mary, daughter of Christopher and Sarah Bidlake, was borne August the fif- 
teenth, 1694. 

Sarah, daughter to Luke and Sarah Perkins, was borne y e twenty-second da) 
of January, ano Domi, 1694-5. 

Jacob, son to Abraham and Mary Tilton, born Aug st 12, 1694. 
\ Prifrila, daughter to John and Ruth Denison, was born y e fourteenth of Janu- 

ary, an. Dom. 1694-5. 

Nathaniell, son of Josiah and Elisabeth Clarke, was borne February the 
twenty -fourth, 1 694-5. 

facob, son to John and Sarah Caldwell, was born February ye 26th, 


David, son to John and Elisabeth Lovell, was borne February y* 7 rh , 1694-c. 

Margaret, daughter of John and Margaret Edwards, was bom Feb r >' 25, 

Nathaniel!, son of Narhanicll and Abigail Adams, borne March f, 1694:5. 

Margery, daughter to 1 ho" and Margery Knowlton, borne March 26, 1695. 

Hanah, daught r of Thomas and Elisabeth Eossc, was borne February the 
twenty-sixth, 1 694-5. 

Thomas, son of Thomas and Ester Burnam, was borne February v c twelfe, 

Elisabeth, daughter to Mr. John and Kathrine Whipple, borne the first 
March, 1694-5. 

Mary, the daughter to Thomas and Mary Knowlton, born August the 7, 1694. 

Sarah, daugh r ot Daniell and Sarah Rogers, born 29 May, 1695. 

Mark, son to Abraham and Sarah How, borne March v c 28, 1695. 

Ebeneser, son of John and Elisabeth Choue, was borne January 23, 1694-5. 

Elisabeth, daughter of John and Sarah Potter, was born Apr !i 23, 1695. 

Abigail, daughter of John and Mary Sherin, was born the 

j6 9 ( 

Margar* daught 1 ' to John and Marg 1 Stamford, born Novemb r 29, 1695. 

Elisabeth, daug r to Will' 11 and Sarah Hunt, born De r 20, 1694. 

Thomas, son of Tho s and Susanah Dow, was born November the twenty"' 
ninth, 1694. 

Mary, daughter of Samuel! and Ruth Grouse, was borne May the seven- 
teenth, 1695. 


Publisher of Old Ipswich, 

Dear Sir: I am very glad to receive the first number of this important magazine. 
As a descendant of John Shatswell, John Wester, Thomas Emerson, early settlers 
of Ipswich, I shall hope to gain new information from your magazine 
my ancestors, J wish some one would strengthen the proof that the dauj 
James Emerson and the granddaughter o: Thomas, — Elizabeth — born March .' 
1687, was the "Elizabeth Emerson, daughter of James, who in 170$ manic 
Joseph Taft of Men ion, Mass." 

Yours truly, 
Syracuse, N, V. • Geo. B. Spaldin 


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The First Congregational Church, Ipswich. 



Following is the order of exercises at the laying of the corner-stone of the 
First Church, July 1 4, 1846, per Rev. 1). T. Kimball's memoranda. 
Psalm 1 18, 3rd Part, C. M. 

'•Behold, the sure foundation stone." 

George W. Heard, Esq., gave an addrefs in which he sketched the hisrorv or' 
the site on which the house is to stand and gave the history of" the several houses. 
He read, also, the contents of the box, which box was deposited by Mr. Kimball 
in the place in the rock prepared for it under the corner-stone. 

Mr. Kimball then offered remarks followed by prayer after which the 
Doxology, "Praise God from whom all biefsings How," was sang, and the services 
closed .with the benediction by the pastor. 

Mr. Kimball's remarks were as follows : 

"The rock on which we stand vr.zs placed here by the supreme architect of 
the universe, when, amid the songs of angels, He laid the foundations of the earth • 
and it will, we doubt not, continue here til! the voice of the archangel shall pro- 
claim the end of time. This rock is emblematical of the rock of ages, on which, 
as its sure and immoveable foundation, stands the church of God. Hark! What 
voice do we hear ? The sweet voice o; the evangelical prophet, savins, 'Thus 
saith the Lord God, Behold, f lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone 
a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation.' Hark! The sweeter voice ': 1 
of God, saying, *On this rock will I build my church, and the gates of hell shall 
not prevail against it.' Mark once more! The voice of a hoi/ ap >:le 
Lamb, saying, 'Ye are built noon the foundations of the prophets and th- aj s - 
Jesus Christ being the chief corner-stone ; in whom all the building, rrlv fr 
together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom ye also are 
together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.' 

" For the space of two hundred and twelve years worshippers of God in th - 
place have by faith built their eternal hope on the Lord (eyas Christ ; 
for more than two hundred years houses for the accommodation of such w.-- 
per> have stood firmly On this rock. Mere a house of worship was ereca 
1646; another in 16993 another in 1-4';. More than four months have el . - d 
since we took our leave ot the venerable house, last referred to, our . ■.: : 

which will continue till memory shall cease to perform its office. The c< 
was to the speaker and to a large proportion of the numerous assemblv then : 


one of the most interesting they ever witnessed or expect to witness this side of the 
judgment. The sentiments of that day are among the contents of the box, depos- 
ited in the corner stone now laid. We bequeath them to the generation 
shall worship on this holy hill a hundred years hence, when the house about 
to be erected shall be razed to its foundation; bequeath them, as a token of our 
respect for the memory of the ancient house and of those who worshipped in it. 
As on the occasion referred to we recounted the dealings of God's mercv toward us 
during the pas: century, we now look, forward and anticipate still greater mercies in 
time to come. Though some of us will worship but a short time in the house t 
be erected, we indulge the hope, that our children and children's children will fin 
it to them the place of God's gracious abode. 

'» The present is indeed a joyful occasion. And it becomes us to feel ou 
dependance on God for success in the work before us. In the exercise of tha 
dependence, we should say, except the Lord build the house, they labor in vaii 
who build. It becomes us to look ud to God for his blessing on r he work of ercc 
ting a new house to the honor ot his name and to the purposes of his worship- 
while repeating for the encouragement of the people, engaged in this enterprise 
these words of sacred writ, 'The God of heaven, he will prosper us, therefore we, 
his servants, will arise and build. We are servants of the God of heaven and 
earth, and build the house which was builded these many years ago. And the 
glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of 
hosts; and in this place will 1 give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.' 


" O God, we adore thee, as the supreme architect of the universe. As every 
house is built by some man, so he who built all things is God. Of old didst thou 
lav the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thine hands. It 
is the incessant song of sun, moon and stars, * The hand that made us is divine.' 

" We adore thee, as the King of Zion. We thank thee for the corner stone, 
in Zion, elect and precious; that the stone which the builders rejected has become 
the head of the corner. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. 
We rejoice, that thou hast a church on earth; founded on Christ, the rock of ages. 
We bless thee for the care thou hast ever taken of it; and for the assurance that 
thou hast given, that it shall be the joy of many generations. 

"We thank thee, that thou didst put it into the hearts of our pilgrim fathers, 
when they came to this country, to plant Christian churches, and erect houses of 

"We thank thee that a church was early gathered in this place, and that thou 


ha^t kindly preserved it unto the present time; and that in connection with it manv 
sons and daughters have been prepared for glory. 

"We thank thee, that from generation to generation houses of worship have 
stood on this sacred hill, at which from sabbath to sabbath the people have assem- 
bled to call on thy name, to celebrate thv praise, and receive instructions of" thy 

"We bless thee, that, when it seemed good to this people to demolish their late 
house of worship, when it had stood for the space of almost a hundred years, [ 
hearts were united in the design of erecting another in its place. We thank the 
harmony which has thus far marked their proceedings. We thank thee, that under 
circumstances so propitious the corner-stone of the new edifice has now been laid. 

"We pray, that all interested in this object may feel their dependance on the 
Most High for success; and that, as with one heart, they may look to thee for 
their blessing. 

.'"We prav for the architect and the building coromirree, that thev mav have the 
satisfaction of seeing the work accomplished according to their wishes. 

"We pray for the builder, and for all associated with him in the work; that 
they may be prospered in it and carried through it without loss of life or limb and 
without any bodily injury. 

"We pray, that the glory of the house, here to be erected, m?y be greater than 
that of either of its predecessors, on account of the more frequent and the more 
abundant influences of the Holy Spirit. 

"We commend to thee the church and congregation, accustomed to worship on 
this holy hill; that they may worship there in spirit and in truth, as long as the 
sun and moon shall endure. 

"Long may our houses of worship be favored with the gracious presence of the 

J£*P& of Jacob. May the light, which shines from them be the glory of our land. 

I "May houses of worship, dedicated to the true God, be erected in all parts of 

I the earth, so as to meet the spiritual wants of the whole human family. And in 

/ each of them from Sabbatji to sabbath may peace offerings be presented to the God 

of heaven, through Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, to whom be glory forever. 




The landscape, as contained within the former boundaries of Ipswich, affords 
an agreeable variety, says Felt in his "Ipswich." 

Hills. These, as well as other features of the soil, will be put down, partly 
preceded by the year, when first found upon record, though most of them must 
have been previously designated. The reason of the hills being called as thev are. 
is, tor the most part, suggested by their names. Those not mentioned as belong- 
ing elsewhere, are within the present limits of Ipswich, and their situation rnav be 
seen on the map of this place. 

1634, Castle. 1635, Great bare — Heart-Break. 1637, Rabbit — Hurtle- 
berry — Captain Turner's — Little Turner's — Turkey. 1647, Rocky. 1 /j - - , 
Bartholomew. 1662, Wilderness. 1665, Red-Root. 1673, AverilPs. 1676, 
Wigwam. 1678, Wind-Mill. 1689, Paine's. 1691, Bragg's. 1-02, Lo 
Brush — Tobacco-Pipe — Scott's — Pigeon — Pine — Timber — Steep. Some of t 
hills contained on the map ot Ipswich may be partly among those on the precedi 
list, but with changed names ; as North Ridge — Town — Jewett — Prospect — Be 
— Eagle — Plover — Burnham — White's — Perkins's, and Eveleth's now in Esse 
1638, Sagamore. 1678, Lamson's. 1702, Whipple or Job's — Yinevard- 
Dean's — Wigwam — Brown's and Independent, now in Hamilton. The last tv 
are modern names. 

Plain. This was denominated Wolf-Pen, a place for catching wolves. 

Meadows. 1634, Rocky. 1635, Far. 1637, West. 1647, Ne\ 
between Topsfield and Hamilton — Nealand and Conant's on Topsfield bounds- 
Perley's in Essex. 

Swamps. 1635, Great Pine. 1678, Cedar — Bear, in Hamilton — Long, i 

Marshes. 1635, Reed — Rocky. 

Creeks. 163^ Labor-in-vain. 163 5, Chebacco, in Essex. 1650, Robir- 
son — Walker. 1667, Green. 1672, \Vhitred. 167S, Muscle. Other creek: 
Sluice — Dane — Fox — Boardman — Paine. On the map are the following : Rod 
gers — Lord — Tread well — Neck — Six-Geese — Metcalf — Broad — Law — Wallis— 
Stacy — Kimball — Hart — Baker — West — Grape — Pine. 

Coves. 1638, Great. 1 7 1 6, Muscle — Neck — Lord's. 

Points. 1635, Moore. 1667, Green — Cedar — Brewer — Satford — Hog 
Island — Deacon Sam — Cross Bank — Holland — Sawyer — Bar Island. 

Necks. 1635, Little — Great— Jeffrey. 1655, Castle. 



Banks. Thatch — Cross — Nub- -Hart — Beach — Neck, or Patch. 
Particular Places. Turkey Shore — Diamond's .Stage. 1635, Great 

Crook. 1639, Aspine Rock. 1643, Poor Man's Field. 1650, Far Chebacco, 

towards Gloucester — The Hundreds. 1692, Argilla. 1678, Great Pasture, 

near Gloucester line — Cow-Keeper Rock — The Eighths — Town Landing — Sheep 

Walks, several places where shepherds kept flocks of sheep. I 707, Blind Hole. 

Springs. Indian. 1678, Lummus, on Wenham line — Bath — Bear Swamp, 

in Hamilton. 

fi / Brooks. 1635, Mile, running from Wenham pond to Ipswich. 1637, 

/ Gravel. 1649, Pve. 1660, Saunders. 1681, Black, in Hamilton — How!'.-, 

on Topsfield bounds — Choate, in Essex — Bull — Potter — Norton. 

Ponds. 1662, Pleasant, on Wenham line. 167 1, Baker, on Topsfield 
I limits — Prichard — Duck — Perlcy, in Essex — Chebacco, partly in Essex: and partly 
in Hamilton— Beck — Round and Gravel, in Hamilton. 

Rivers. Ipswich. Speaking or this, Johnson says, 1646, "A raire and 
[I delightful river, whose first rise or spring begins about tw nty-fve miles farther up 

the country, issuing forth a very pleasant pond. But soon afce*-., : ~ berakes i r s 
course through a most hideous swamp of large extent, even for many miles, being 
a great harbour for bears. After its coming forth this place, it groweth larger bj 
the income of manv small rivers, and issues forth in the sea, due east against the 
Island of Sholes, a great place of fishing for oar English nation." 1 634, Che- 
bacco, having falls and running from Chebacco pond, in Essex. 1635, North, or 
Egypt, flowing into Rowley river. 1627, Muddy, emptying into the same — 
Rodgers Island. 1707, Mill, running out of long swamp into the great pond, 
beyond Chebacco river. 

Islands. Plumb. In the grant of King James, 1621, to Captain *J 
Mason, of land between Naumkeag and Merrimack rivers, there is the subsequent 
clause ; "The great Isle, henceforth to be called, Isle of Mason, King near 
^ j before the bay, harbour, or river of Agawam." This must have been Plumt 
Island, part of which was set off to Ipswich by the General Court, 1639. j6;~, 
Hog, in Essex. 1962, Diamon. 1668, Perkins — Boreman. 16-;, Bagwell — 
Birch — Rogers —Tread well —Til ton — Bull — Florse — Manning — Grape — Millstone 
— Holy — Eagle — Mighill's Garden — Groce — Bar, — : Story- — Round --- Cross ; 
the four last in Essex. 

Inland Islands. 1707, Gregory, in Chebacco Pond — Hemli ck, on Wen- 
ham line. 

Harbour. Smith says of Agawam,— -"This place might conterfT a r : _ 
I curious judgment ; but there are manv sands at the entrance of the harbour, and 


the worse is, it is imbayed too farrc from the deepe sea." Hi opinion, th 

differing from that or" tha first settlers at Plymouth, was correct. Had the 
hour of Ipswich been deep and capacious, it would j been a mt 

lis. The nitural advantages or disadvantages of a place, make it ei 
small, in the process of ages. 



Forty yeais is a long time to hold a public office. But the records tell us tf 
Daniel Noyes, Esq'r was Postmaster in Ipswich tor that stretch of time. 

He was the second to fill the place by appointment of the Provincial C 
gress. The first was Dea. James Foster. The New England Chronicle for M 
24, 1775, gives Foster's name and appointment. The Post Office was then 1 
ancient establishment, for as early as 1 7 1 1 , an Act of Parliament continued it i 
Ipswich ; therefore the town had long possessed the convenience. 

James Foster was a deacon of the South Church; and lived to the ui 
(and no doubt wearisome ) age of ninety-one years. His departure was on Oct< 
ber 10, 1807. The Fosters were evidently a family of Deacons ; tor we rind th 
thus titled in each generation. 

Daniel Npyes, the successor of Foster, was one of the men whose memorie 
are eternally fresh. His old home and post orlice, (both in one,) is yet star.! 
and should for its earlier publicity be counted among our historical houses. D.::7. 
Noyes lived on what we now call North Main street; and counting from Hote. 
Agawam, it is the fourth house north ; the narrow, unpainted jet-over house, which 
faces the south, fas early houses were wont to do,) and its jet-over end :. t< wa 
j the highway. The old thought was that the living rooms of a mansion or c I 

should face the south, and thereby gain more sunshine. Old-time wisd 
often good sense. 

We knew an old iadv who well remembered Daniel Noyes; for she •.... 
years old when he died. She recalled the little oaken box in which he I 
letters as came to the town in the postman's pouch. For some reason the .- 
postman carried a horn strung over his shoulder. He could not have soun.- 
clear the roads, for in the early days there were no vehicles ti bi ck the tra%*< 
wav. It is an old thought that even our Hie;h street, the oldest and most travc I 


of our highways, was overgrown with gra^s eighty years ago; and only the ruts of 
ox-wagons designated it as a road. 

Elisabeth Smith, (afterwards Mrs. Jones,) lived on the street in 1*90; her 
Sunday shoes filled vvirh sand going from her home at Gander hill, near the Bury- 
ing Ground, to the Meeting-house. The High street children, therefore, « . 
their shoes and stockings in their hands till they reached the rocks of Meeting- 
House Green; then the feet were appropriately covered and went decorously up the 
aisles of the house of God. 

Daniel Noyes certainly proved himself most trustworrhy and courteous by 
holding the office of Postmaster from June 23, 1775 to March 21, 181 5, when he 
died. It would be a novelty now, in our rapid and rabid political changes, to 
point to a man who had been in that position two score years; — more than a gen- 

Daniel Noves was a Byficld, or Newbury, boy; born in 1738; graduated at 
Cambridge, an honor then as now, at twenty years; and when he was twenty-four 
— bright, sensible, ready for life, — he came to Ipswich to be the Master of the 
Payne Grammar School. His salary, in 1762, was ^46, 13s, qd. He at once 
won public respect ; and he was the pedagogue twelve successive years ; and then 
only resigned because he was elected to more public work for the Country at large. 

From 1774 to I 7%° ^ e was one or " tne needed and elected men to hold 
steady and sure the public rudder. The ship of state could not be wrecked with 
such men to guide it. No wonder that we breathe the fresh atmosphere of nation- 
al liberty today ! 

In 1780, the Feoffees appealed again to him; and for two years more he 
opened his Latin and Greek grammars, and applied his mathematics, and boys went 
forth to Harvard examinations prepared by his drills and suggestions. He evident- 
ly regarded the Ipswich school as the child of his adoption ; for, as his own sons 
and daughters died one and all before him, he gave the school as a token ot' his 
thought, "three and one half shares old rights and six new rights in Jeffries Neck." 

Fifty years ago Daniel Noyes was especially remembered and spoken of by 
the aged as the Master ot[ the School and the Register of Probate. But thrice a; 
least this strong, cultured man, filled positions which today give us an idea oi i is 
public worth and reliableness: He was one of the men of the Revolution ap- 
pointed on "the Committee of Correspondence and Inspection." And he was 
sent as Representative to the lirst Provincial Congress. And what seems a nee 
tion ot nobler ability, he was chosen with three Ipswich men, whose names arc 
never spoken but with respect, "to consider the Constitution ot the United Scales, 
as proposed by the National Convention." 


The Constitution was adopted in I 7H8 ; and is our rock of foul 

superstructure today. The men who went in fellowship with him to : : 
that important "consideration," were Michael Parley, [ohn Choate, [< hi I 


No wonder Daniel Noyes was a man who left a memory of sun* 

hue. He died March 21, 181 5, almost eighty-four years old. His quaint h 

whether built by him or some earlier name, has a traditional relish which q- 

the historic pulse, and makes Ipswich richer and more real as a trc 

noble homes, and memories of noble people who occupied and ... them. 


Our attention has been called to a series of interes:ing communications, stylec 

"Golden-rod Letters" published in the Newburgh, N. V. journal, written bv ai 
Ipswich young lady. We reproduce one of them: 

Ac aw am, Sept. 5, 1 873. 

Town Hill is not the only point for taking views of the country. Heai 
Hill, a little further off, affords a magnificent panorama. A pleasant walk 
'Turkey Shore' and through 'Old England,' where we may loiter to pick a hand- 
ful of wild raspberries — if we go there in their season — brings us to the foot of the 
Hill. Here a few bars dispute our northeast passage, but that obstruction is 1 
disposed of and we commence our ascent. The first part of the hill surmounted 
and the gap in the stone wail found and crossed, we are considerably abc 
level, but the steeper half lies before and above us. We pass through a 
for Yankee enterprise husbands even at this altitude. How the load 
successfully engineered down the heavy grade — even the winding road we tra< 
the dcepibh ruts must be heavilv graded — is a mvstery to us. 

Our guide has instructed us as the angel did Lot, and we have kept * ey< 
all the way. At last we were bidden to turn and look. A never-to-be-:' 1 
picture is spread before us upon the enduring canvass of the ages. We have 
fortunate in day and hour. The atmosphere is so clear that each beaut v ra 
fully seen, and the afternoon sun is in that part or its declining course to pr 
the most favorable effects. To the right stretches the sea; 'deep! 1 .', dar 
To-day it is crowned with bright sails. The westerning sun lights up and. give: 
distinctness to every sloop and schooner of the fleet. On the far horizon arc 
lined the 'ships that do business in great waters,' looking like enormoi;- a 
brooding over the deep. On the coast, looking north and east, we sec S [uam and 



Ncwburyport. Beyond the salt marshes arc Plum and Grape [glai 
between us and the sea winds the shining river. 

Over against the Hill are other hills, adorned with woodland - 
cultivated swards, producing in the landscape the effect of strong 11. 
Leftward the village is seen upon the dark back-ground of hills. I : 
one of the most prominent of these is a long row of trees standing our 
relief against the sky like a colonade. Poetically beautiful, they are i 
serviceable to the cattle ruminating beneath their shade, fur whose benefit th< 
planted, we are told. 

The name * Heartbreak Hill ' implies a legend, and here it is: Long ago, v 
the hillsides were dotted only here and there by an occasional dwelling, a 
wife sat at the spinning-wheel in her little home near the foot of the h : -.- 
i Rough logs formed the walls, but the two rooms were cheer)', and wl 
howled vainly for admission. In the cradle near by her cooed her bab) 
his winning ways seemed to fall on deaf ears and blind eyes. Every few mi 
she stopped her wheel and looked out of the small window at the clou • 
had been gathering all day. It was growing dark early, but she hoped her 
would make the harbor before the fury of the storm should break. His boat iva 
j no* quite due, but she knew he was anxious to be at home to keep the anniversary 

so dear, and to behold for the first time his child. She had been sure th : 
would arrive on that day. Presently the rain fell, while the wind Occam . : 
Anxiety grew intense and uncontrollable. Afraid to take the child out inl 
storm, ?he replaced it in the cradle, secured the door, and ran quickly to the i i 
of her only neighbor. There she borrowed a spy-glass and persuaded th« 
friend to return with her and care for the baby while she should go to the hi 
and watch for the ship. No argument prevailed upon her. Half frc 
could not heed the fact that she was risking her life tor what could avail 
All alone in her lor; house, save the child, she had so nuch time to thin'., a 
thoughts had been so much of him and ot this day when she shjald sarely see him and 
place in his arms the bov whose eyes repeated his, that she was almost I 
by the terrible fear that would force itself louder than the storm. So after Id 
the sleeping child and committing the precious charge to the good I 
made haste to climb the hill. The evening was dark and cold, the hill 
rough, but she was familiar with the way and reached the summit. Her s 
availed her alm3st nothing in the storm, bat she could see that the in: \ b 
watch-fire on the sands. The blaze shot our like gleams ot hope, 
ing reflection presented itself that the wind was blowing the flames i 
mariner would reap but little if any benefit. The storm grew wil 


more earnest, until they resolved into one cry, "Father, save him, save him !' 
Hours passed and she still watched. Then she saw — yes, ihc 
the aid of the glass she saw the fire flicker and change its degree of light as i 
figures were passing between it and her. Then it blazed up fiercer, as if much 
r ucl had been added. For an instant she was confident that she beheld a dii 
tied and broken mast. Then her brain turned and she sank upon the earth. 

Morning dawned after the long dreadful night; a cold, hard morning, 
sailor-husband's ship was stranded, but the wire's prayer had been answered. Re- 
turned to his house he found the frightened neighbor and the smiling babe, but nui 
s wife. A few words told him where to search for her. She recognized him, 
out thought they were both denizens of the spirit-world. He bore her home, but 
the poor brain never came to itself. In two days the babe was motherless. The 
husband wandered desolate upon the hill whence his wife had met. her death, and 
not many days after was found there literally broken-hearted. 

"Why, that's not the legend I heard," exclaims Maud. "My informant 
went further backhand said it was an Irrdian maid who used this hill for a watch- 
tower. She saw her lover's birch canoe capsize in the treacherous waves and her 
he ■'-.- • .igs broke then and there." "Well," quietly observes 'uncle Joe,' 
"2 # - there are two legends, you can take your choice, but k is my opinion that 
Heartbreak is but an alteration from « Hardbrick.' ' 

This takes the romance out of us, and shaking our sympathetically damp hand- 
kerchiefs out to dry, we scramble down the other side of the hill, whieh is st< . 
We plant our Alpine parasols firmly into the ground or catch hold oi some ; 
jecting branch and swing ourselves lightly down a few steps, then slide a little, and 
we are down out of breath, but not too tired to pick our hands full of golder.-: 
and asters ere we emerge upon the beach road which leads us home a new way. 

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